Gina Matchitt

Pall Mall Cross

Pall Mall Cross by Gina Matchitt

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Pall Mall is the name of one of the oldest brands of tailor-made cigarettes available on the New Zealand market. They were marketed, years ago, with the promotional words ‘exclusive in quality, pre-eminently the best, wherever particular smokers congregate’.

By associating a traditional cigarette label with a key symbol of Christian faith, Matchitt reveals that he colonisation of New Zealand brought diverse ‘gifts’ and emblems to Māori and their country. (Sea Knowing and Island Looking, 2002)

Title
Pall Mall Cross
Artist/creator
Production date
1999
Medium
card, silver, stainless steel and wire
Dimensions
75 x 55 mm
Inscription
primary: reverse, c., stamped in metal, "GM"
Credit line
Chartwell Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, 2000
Accession no
C2000/1/20
Copyright
Copying restrictions apply
Department
New Zealand Art
Display status
Not on display

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