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A PAIR OF MAORI FINELY CARVED HORN SCRIMSHAW POWDER

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A PAIR OF MAORI FINELY CARVED HORN SCRIMSHAW POWDER FLASKS, 19TH CENTURY, NEW ZEALAND
A finely carved pair of powder flasks, one depicting and inscribed "William King and his Wife" King or Wiremu Kingi, also called Te Rangitake, (born c.1795, Manukorihi, New Zealand, 1882, Kaingaru) tattooed with Tâ moko and holding a war club and with mythical sea scenes. The other with scenes of Dancers.
Length 12 ins and 11.5ins respectively (2) (a pair).
Note: Wiremu Kingi, also called Te Rangitake, or William King (born c.1795, Manukorihi, New Zealand, 1882, Kaingaru), Maori chief whose opposition to the colonial government's purchase of tribal lands led to the First Taranaki War (1860-61). He inspired the Maoris' resistance throughout the 1860's to European colonization of New Zealand's fertile North Island. After leading his Te Atiawa tribe from its native North Island province of Taranaki to a place near Wellington in 1833, Kingi was converted to Christianity and was initially friendly toward Europeans.
(Source New Zealand Govt.)
Martin, W. The Taranaki question. Auckland, 1860 Sinclair, K. The origins of the Maori wars. Wellington, 1957 Sinclair, K. 'Te tikanga pakeke: the Maori anti-land-selling movement in Taranaki, 1849--59'. In The feel of truth. Ed. P. Munz. Wellington, 1969
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A PAIR OF MAORI FINELY CARVED HORN SCRIMSHAW POWDER

Estimate £1,500 - £1,800Mar 22, 2018
Starting Price £1,200
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