Pair of Bookends

Collection Type

  • Decorative arts

GUSN

GUSN-269768

Description

Pair of Maori (from New Zealand/ Aotearoa) carved wooden figures with shell eyes.The two figures are crudely carved but incorporate Maori design motifs of a three-fingered hand, protruding tongue, and shell eyes. These figures were made for the tourist trade and may have been bookends.

Details

Descriptive Terms

bookends
figures (representations)
wood (plant material)
Bookend

Associated Building

Original To Stephen Phillips House (Salem, Mass.),

Maker

Unknown

Location of Origin

Pacific Island Group

Object Type

Household Accessory

Credit Line

Gift of the Stephen Phillips Memorial Charitable Trust for Historic Preservation

Accession Number

2006.44.3624

Places

New Zealand