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Royal Gifts

Gifts received by The Queen during her reign


Carved figure


Hardwood and mother of pearl | 61.0 x 33.0 x 21.0 cm (whole object) | RCIN 90758

A carved, wooden statuette of a male figure decorated with shell. The shell is decorated with carved landscape.

This hardwood carving has shell insets shaped in the form of the fifteen Cook Islands - Pukapuka, Suwarrow, Rakahang, Takutea, Penrhyn, Mauke, Aitutaki, Rarotonga, Mangaia, Atiu, Mitiaro, Palmerston, Manuae, Manihiki and Nassau.

The figure is wired for electricity; the bulb would sit in the figure's stomach and shine through the mother of pearl.

The Cook Islands are a self-governing island in free association with New Zealand since 1965, meaning that since that date the Queen has been the Head of State. This particular figure was presented to the Queens during her official visit to New Zealand in 1970.

    The income from your ticket contributes directly to The Royal Collection Trust, a registered charity. The aims of The Royal Collection Trust are the care and conservation of the Royal Collection, and the promotion of access and enjoyment through exhibitions, publications, loans and educational activities.