237131_A1_Week3_ Te Tipunga – the Growth _09/08/2016.

Choose one example of art or design made during one of the first three periods of New Zealand art history as defined by Hirini Moko Mead (Ngā Kākano – the seeds – (circa 900 to 1200 CE); Te Tipunga – the growth (1200 to 1500 CE); Te Puawaitanga – the flowering (1500–1800 AD)). Upload an image of this example. Identify one aspect of the example’s form that directly relates to its context/art historical period. Describe the example, its context, and the relationship between the form and the context in detail (150 – 200 words).

Aotea Utanganui Museum of South Taranaki, A.82.500, photo: Richard Wotton.

Aotea Utanganui Museum of South Taranaki, A.82.500, photo: Richard Wotton.

This object was made to stop waves from coming over the canoe prow, which I believe would effect the movement of the canoe and effect the sailing. This particular piece shows the effect of East Polynesian styles and its geometric style. The distinctive curvilinear forms showed that this change happened in the late Māori era. It shows the geometric band of lines and the spiral forms that were slightly carved using a small chisel with a curved end. This shows that the  mixed styles and the attention to carving decoration shows the transitional changing nature of carving. Radiocarbon dates shoed that the piece dates back to the 15th century.

(All information is edited from page 73)

Texts Referenced:

Harris, Atholl Anderson, Judith Binney and Aroha. “Chapter Three: Pieces of the Past.” Tangata Whenua: An Illustrated History. New Zealand: Bridget Williams, 2012. 70-101. Print.


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