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Maori Bone Sculpture of a Deity or Ancestor - PF.1082
Origin: New Zealand
Circa: 12 th Century AD to 16 th Century AD
Dimensions: 6.5" (16.5cm) high x 2.75" (7.0cm) wide
Collection: Oceanic
Medium: Bone


Location: United States
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Though the exact origins of this powerful piece are uncertain, the rich, warm patina of the surface is of a sort only acquired after centuries of handling and use. The Maori culture place great emphasis on the continuity of family, and on veneration of ancestors, sometimes passing sacred objects down through many generations. The accumulated energy of human life seems to radiate from this splendid piece. Its wisdom and its secrets seem far older than memory. - (PF.1082)

 

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