Hand Carved Parata Mask 19cm by Thomas Hansen
Handcarved in New Zealand by Thomas Hansen.
Parata is the name of the mask on the front of a meeting house fixed to the gable.
The mask was carved in a more naturalistic manner, Having the tattoo marks of the commemorated ancestor.
The moko (tattoo) tells the story of family history on the fathers side and the mothers side. It may record other family members, or feats and accomplishments in arts and war. The moko would also indicate tribal affiliations and history.
The depth and profusion of the moko indicated the dignity of the individual. The more elaborate the moko, the higher rank was implied even though amongst Maori this was not always the case.
10cm x 19cm x 2.5cm