Maori canoe bailer carved from a single piece of kauri wood with a handle formed in to a bird head with haliotis eyes and a projecting panel behind the handle forming an anthropomorphic face with nose, bird like mouth, widely separated Haliotis eyes and V-shaped split tongue features. The underside of the bailer is entirely engraved with parallel lines infilled with rows of lozenges.
â€˜Wellcomeâ€™ catalogue card information found in archives of the Department of Africa, Oceania and The Americas at The British Museum on 5 October 2016 by Alison South. Scanned copy of card in â€˜Wellcomeâ€™ section of the Horniman Historical files Accessions No. R 2135 1937 Classification K Group Section New Initials in top right hand corner W.H.M.M. Description CANOE BALER Wooden, carved. 4 Â½â€� x 18 Â½â€� x 8 Â½â€�. Woodlark Island, New Guinea. Acc No. 157607 Acquisition Glen; 96/18/2/35. (Mr Stow) Placed Case No. C