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Carved chair

Attributed to Tamati Te Hape Hore, New Zealand, Carved chair, 1904, wood, pāua shell, leather. Purchased 2004

Consumer demand

The figures and spiral designs on this chair echo pre-European Māori art, but the carver has applied them to a piece of Edwardian furniture.

In Rotorua in the early 1900s, carving was at a high point. The extraordinarily fine work of the local Ngāti Tarāwhai carvers was prized by private collectors. It was also sought after by tourists, who flocked to see the area’s thermal activity and experience traditional Māori village life.

Entrepreneurial Māori carvers saw new opportunities. They continued to work in the forms that expressed their values and beliefs - both large meeting houses and the traditional art that many tourists wanted. And they also began to carve non-traditional objects like this chair.


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