• Artist

    Unknown artist

  • Production Date


  • Medium

    wood, pigment, plant fibres, feathers

  • Size

    1900 x 500 x 360 mm

  • Credit

    Chartwell Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, 1988

  • Accession Number


  • Accession Date

    Jul 1988

  • Department

    International Art

  • Classification


  • Collection


  • Subjects

    masks (costume), artifacts

  • Chartwell Notes

    Please note: We have been unable to obtain direct approval for this image but we acknowledge the original maker. If the copyright owner is able to contact us, we will immediately respond. Regards, Chartwell

  • Description

    Keveke refers to the fact that plant fibre and feathers surround this mask. Ancestor boards such as these are also known as kwoi, because they function as portraits of a guardian’s spirit. Their anthropometric form is both celebratory and intimidating. It is possible that the shield derives from the Wapo Creek area, in the central Gulf of Papua. (Te Moananui a Kiwa)