Molly Macalister

Polynesian Mask

Polynesian Mask by Molly Macalister

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Few Pākehā artists were carving with wood in the 1940s. Polynesian Mask is one of the first objects created by Molly Macalister using an indigenous wood, in this case the warmly toned kauri. First owned by Helen Hitchings, New Zealand’s pioneering contemporary art dealer, the sculpture combines a

modernist simplification of form with traditional South Pacific subject matter.

Title
Polynesian Mask
Artist/creator
Production date
1947
Medium
kauri
Dimensions
345 x 93 x 200 mm
Inscription
Signed in black ink on verso: Molly Macalister
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, The Ilene and Laurence Dakin Bequest, purchased 2011
Accession no
2011/7
Other ID
85/30 Old Accession Number
Copyright
Copying restrictions apply
Department
New Zealand Art
Display status
Not on display

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