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This wooden carving, probably from the Austral Islands, Polynesia, was collected by Captain Cook in 1769. This object has confounded the curators. We know a lot about it, but its almost impossible to say exactly what it is – it might be the prow of a canoe, but its significance is unknown, though double figures expressed divine power.

This wooden carving, probably from the Austral Islands, Polynesia, was collected by Captain Cook in 1769. This object has confounded the curators. We know a lot about it, but its almost impossible to say exactly what it is – it might be the prow of a canoe but its significance is unknown, though double figures expressed divine power.

 

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Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Downing Street, Cambridge CB2 3DZ
Tel: +44 (0)1223 333516

General enquiries

All general enquiries should be directed in the first instance to the Museum Administrator, in writing, via email or by calling +44 (0)1223 333510.

Curatorial enquiries

For specific enquiries relating to particular subject areas, the MAA’s collections managers may be contacted in writing or via email:
Archaeology: Imogen Gunn
Anthropology: Rachel Hand
Photographic Collections: Jocelyne Dudding

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