War canoe (Hine-Tapu), Bay of Plenty, Xmas 1864

Robley, Horatio Gordon
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Watercolour painting of a waka full of warriors. There are hills and another waka in the background. Signed. Undated.
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Watercolour on paper
Length x Width: 218 x 453mm
H.G. Robley, Signature, Handwritten
Drawing (War Canoe Bay of Plenty Xmas 1864./ 'Hine-Tapu')/ only one specimen exists (in the Auckland Museum/ the 'Toki-a Tapiri canoe) Auckland edition/ 1863/ from page 101 of 'Pakeha maori' line 5/ with rude and blunt stones they felled the giant kauri/ toughest of pines, & from it, in process of time, at an expense of labour, perserverance and ingenuity, perfectly astounding to/ those who know what it really was - produced, carved, painted and inlaid, a masterpiece of art, and an object of beauty./ The war canoe, capable of carrying a hundred men on a/ distant expedition, through the boisterous seas surrounding/ their island./ This picture copied for Percy Smiths- Maori Ware 19th Century - Page 75/ This picture was copied for Gilbert Mair's FRGS NZL 'Reminiscences' Page 108 states "Best War Canoe ever published"/ in Bay of Plenty Times special Supplement 14 June 1924 (date underlined) re copy from mair's book., Inscription, Handwritten
This picture shows Maori boats painted / red with ochre, and with carved prows & / stern [pieces] / The fugelman 'Kaihautu' by / song and action give time to the paddlers. / They stand up on the hurdle-like deck, / flourish their weapons to / their canoe songs, of which there are / several preserved. The steersman / using the powerful 'Urunga' paddle., Inscription, Handwritten
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Collection of Hawke's Bay Museums Trust, Ruawharo Tā-ū-rangi, MMC143
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gifted by Lady Florence Maclean
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MMC143, 33542


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