Friday, July 21, 2006

Carved Faces #3 (NZ)

As part of a book challenge, I have to do a self portrait of myself with flowers. Now, I'm not exactly a flowers kind of girl so I decided to focus on the part I could manage: the face. Not just my face, but how faces are interpreted.

These faces were photographed while I was in the Bay of Islands on the North Island of New Zealand. Waitangi Treaty Grounds is where the Treaty of Waitangi was signed in 1840 between Maori chiefs and the British Crown and the country of New Zealand was born. Carvings like these are around the grounds and in the Maori Meeting House where traditional flax weavings cover the walls.

In an interesting bit of trivia for those of you who aren't Rugby Tragics, Waitangi Treaty Grounds and House was gifted to the nation by Lord and Lady Bledisloe in 1932. And Lord Bledisloe's name can be found on the Bledisloe Cup, the prize of very hotly contested Trans-Tasman rivalry between Australia and New Zealand and almost more prestigious than the Rugby World Cup, also known as the William Webb Ellis Trophy or affectionately in Australia as "Bill".

BTW, my spell checker went nuts with this entry.


Karoda said...

these would be wonderful to interpret in cloth...what can you tell us about these masks?

newloghere said...

I say briefly: Best! Useful information. Good job guys.