A SOUTH INDIAN HOODED KATAR DAGGER Characteristic of Tanjore work, the distinctive guard forged with high central ridge with engraved floral motifs between chevroned borders, with monster’s head finial, the rails with profiled and beaded terminals. The reinforces en suite, with profiled edges and chiseled motifs retaining the broad, well-wrought, multifullered blade with thickened armor-piercing tip. Beginning of the 17th century .Worn overall. Overall length 57 cm.
Te Taonga O Kaitaia (Kaitaia Carving): This ancient carving was found in 1920 at the now drained Lake Tangonge, near Kaitaia. The angular forms, chevrons, decorative notching and the character of the central figure all suggest that it is an early development of Maori art from older Polynesian models.