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Grand Vestibule: The British Monarchy and the World

The Grand Vestibule at Windsor Castle reflects interaction between the monarchy and the wider world


Wall hanging


RCIN 74071

A rectangular woven flax wall hanging, the top braids looped onto a wooden pole. Woven with four horizontal bands of weka and kereru (pigeon) feathers between bands of brown flax-fibre cords, on a cream flax background with a fringe at the lower end.

A presentation letter states that 'the wall hanging is symbolic of Aotearoa, with muka flax fibre a motive of growth, interweaving of peoples, the pattern of cream a myriad of stars, Nga Purapura Whetu the sky itself, brown feathers of the weka denote Papatuanuku mother earth, white - green of the kereru (pigeon) of the Moana Nuiakiwa the ocean caressing our islands and those of the Polynesian peoples'.
  • Bibliographic reference(s)

    The Maori Collections at the British Museum / by Dorota C. Starzecka, Roger Neich & Mick Pendergrast (2010)
    No. 589, p. 73

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