Carving Koruru

Robley, Horatio Gordon
Production date
Circa 1865
Current rights
Public Domain
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About this object
Watercolour painting of a koruru (gable end carving) from a Māori building. The carving depicts a Māori chief embracing his wife. The chief's face is in profile, while his spouse faces forward. Undated.
Production date
Circa 1865
Production place
Production period
Production technique
Media/Materials description
Watercolour on paper
Length x Width: 223 x 153mm
Height x Width: 356 x 259mm
H.G. Robley, Signature, Handwritten
37-423/b MMC802, Old Collection Information, Handwritten
Walter Stuart/ Painter and paperhanger/ 114 Hastings/ Street/ Napier, Unknown, Stamp
O/627 - MMC/ 802, Old Collection Information, Handwritten
Carving "Koruru" - painted red ochre/ Kokowai/ A chief about to salute his spouse/ (after an absence on a war expedition)/ both have High rank Tattoo/ This nose rubbing has term "Hongi"/ Hongi, the nose salute./ H G. Robley, Inscription, Handwritten
MMC802, Old Collection Information, Handwritten
Classification terms
Collection of Hawke's Bay Museums Trust, Ruawharo Tā-ū-rangi, MMC802
Credit line
gifted by Lady Florence Maclean
Other number(s)
37/423, MMC802, 29464
Accession number


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