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Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology

Photograph of the sculpture, a bronze carved form covered in symbols and patterns, on top of a black plinth in the MAA courtyard. The area is surrounded by green plants and the museum entrance is visible on the right hand side.

Lyonel Grant
Displaced Mihi
Bronze, 2020

Lyonel Grant (born 1957) is an internationally distinguished Māori sculptor, renowned for work that bridges customary practice and contemporary art.

Displaced Mihi was created especially for the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. The work adapts the traditional carved tekoteko, the figure that stood at the top of a customary meeting house to challenge and welcome visitors. On the surface of this contemporary bronze, customary design has been replaced by writing and imagery, referring to history and empire. 

Displaced Mihi offers a Polynesian welcome to visitors to this northern hemisphere museum, and acts as kaitiaki, as guardian, of the ancestral treasures from many cultures that are here.

Gift of John and Fiona Gow and whānau, Aotearoa New Zealand, 2020


Displaced Mihi by Lyonel Grant, 2020 - details.


Māori sculptor Lyonel Grant working in his studio in Aotearoa, New Zealand.

Installing the sculpture


Two million years of human history. One million artefacts. Countless astonishing stories.