Unknown artist

Keveke

Keveke by Unknown artist

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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)

Title
Keveke
Artist/creator
Production date
Unknown
Medium
wood, pigment, plant fibres, feathers
Dimensions
1900 x 500 x 360 mm
Credit line
Chartwell Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, 1988
Accession no
C1994/1/290
Copyright
Copying restrictions apply
Department
International Art
Display status
Not on display

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