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A wooden, free-standing Māori sculpture of a male god with facial tattoos (ta moko) and loosely attached human hair. The figure has subsequently been castrated, probably because of the influence of white missionaries. The hands have four fingers and there are carved patterns on the knees. There are holes in the ears where earrings may have been attached. The figure was possibly from the ridge pole of a meeting house (wharenui) or may have been an item made for the tourist market.

Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum



Māori God*


wood & hair


H 49.5 x W 12.5 x D 8.5 cm

Accession number

:176.28.24 BORGM

Acquisition method

gift from Brigadier General C. R. Crofton Atkins, 1928

Work type



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Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum

Russell-Cotes Road, East Cliff, Bournemouth, Dorset BH1 3AA England

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