Auckland Institute & Museum

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Arthur Radburn
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Auckland Institute & Museum

Postby Arthur Radburn » 22 Feb 2017, 15:06

A coat of arms with unusual supporters, assumed by the Auckland Institute & Museum, in Auckland, New Zealand, in 1928 :


According to a contemporary description, as quoted on the Auckland War Memorial Museum website :

"The shield bears representations of a Maori canoe, under sail, a tuatara lizard, and a torch, symbolising science.

"The crest is the top of a nikau palm, rising from a mural crown, the fronds arranged after the fashion of a fleur-de-lys.

"The supporters are carved representations of manaia, mythical creatures, half man and half bird, often depicted on the barge-boards and door-lintels of Maori houses. The motto is "Whaowhia," meaning "full" or "well stored," an allusion to the many treasures in the new Auckland Museum.

"The design was prepared with the expert help of Mr. T.V. Gulliver."
Arthur Radburn
IAAH Vice-President : Heraldic Education

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Mark Henderson
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Re: Auckland Institute & Museum

Postby Mark Henderson » 24 Feb 2017, 01:59

Reminds me of the Haida style art.

Mark Anthony Henderson
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Michael F. McCartney
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Re: Auckland Institute & Museum

Postby Michael F. McCartney » 24 Feb 2017, 03:26

Thor Heyerdahl of Kon Tiki fame believed there was an actual (pre)historic connection, between Polynesians - especially Maori - and at least some of the Northern Coastal native american / First Nation tribes, based on physical and cultural similarities and the various Pacific currents. (That was decades ago & I don't know if that theory has since been DNA tested.)
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