Maori War Canoe Prow Waka Taua New Zealand
Large elaborately powerful carving, fragments of a canoe war canoe prow. It comes in 5 pieces. The front figure has a protruding tongue, there are inlaid eyes, Tiki figures, intricate tattoo designs. The bottom Tiki figure has a carved-out trench to holds the main prow. It is carved on both sides. It has a dark brown shiny patina, made of hard heavy tropical wood. I have seen similar war canoes called Waka Taua. The overall length 42 inches, 22 inches tall. The prow on its own measures 20 ½ inches tall x 38 inches long.