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Arts and Crafts of the Cook Islands

Figure 121.—Rarotongan canoe ornament (?) (British Mus., C.C.2086). a, front view: height, 680 mm.; top width, 345 mm.; middle width, 245 mm.; bottom width, 400 mm.; thickness at upper border, 17 mm.; thickness at lower border, 40-50 mm.; at upper border there are two serrated edges (1) followed by three rows of carved figures; lateral rows commence with a head (2) with typical flanged eyes and well-marked ears forming a connection with the main slab, and defined below by a flange (3) with a no…

Figure 121.—Rarotongan canoe ornament (?) (British Mus., C.C.2086). a, front view: height, 680 mm.; top width, 345 mm.; middle width, 245 mm.; bottom width, 400 mm.; thickness at upper border, 17 mm.; thickness at lower border, 40-50 mm.; at upper border there are two serrated edges (1) followed by three rows of carved figures; lateral rows commence with a head (2) with typical flanged eyes and well-marked ears forming a connection with the main slab, and defined below by a flange (3) with a notched lower edge; below follows a set of four complete figures, each being attached to slab by the ears (4), backward arm projection (5), gluteus (6), and foot formed by a notched flange (7); in each of the three upper figures, notched foot flange (7) rests on head of figure below; in lowest figure, lower leg (8) rests on an outward projection at base and is without a notched foot. Middle row consists of five figures, four being similar in detail to the lateral figures but the lowest (9) much larger, having three-fingered hands, and resting on a curved base (10) which is 77 mm. wide and projects forward for 100 mm.; curved base with two notched edges with points upward; lower square holes (11). b, back view: upper edge (1) cut at backward downward slope, forming a lower curve owing to greatest thickness in middle line; lateral figures show same as on front; back surface plain without any median figures, c, side view of lower end: shows full face view of two lowest lateral figures (1, 2) and three lowest middle figures with forward projection of lowest (3) and curved base (4); fourth median figure (5) has no notched foot flange.

Figure 121.—Rarotongan canoe ornament (?) (British Mus., C.C.2086). a, front view: height, 680 mm.; top width, 345 mm.; middle width, 245 mm.; bottom width, 400 mm.; thickness at upper border, 17 mm.; thickness at lower border, 40-50 mm.; at upper border there are two serrated edges (1) followed by three rows of carved figures; lateral rows commence with a head (2) with typical flanged eyes and well-marked ears forming a connection with the main slab, and defined below by a flange (3) with a notched lower edge; below follows a set of four complete figures, each being attached to slab by the ears (4), backward arm projection (5), gluteus (6), and foot formed by a notched flange (7); in each of the three upper figures, notched foot flange (7) rests on head of figure below; in lowest figure, lower leg (8) rests on an outward projection at base and is without a notched foot. Middle row consists of five figures, four being similar in detail to the lateral figures but the lowest (9) much larger, having three-fingered hands, and resting on a curved base (10) which is 77 mm. wide and projects forward for 100 mm.; curved base with two notched edges with points upward; lower square holes (11). b, back view: upper edge (1) cut at backward downward slope, forming a lower curve owing to greatest thickness in middle line; lateral figures show same as on front; back surface plain without any median figures, c, side view of lower end: shows full face view of two lowest lateral figures (1, 2) and three lowest middle figures with forward projection of lowest (3) and curved base (4); fourth median figure (5) has no notched foot flange.