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Head: Gallery Label - Current

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Minneapolis Institute of Arts

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2002-07-31

Institution Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Elaborately carved heads such as this one were mounted on poles and used to mark territorial boundaries. Called rahui, each head served as a warning to trepassers that they were entering the land of another clan. The face is carved into a stern, serious expression, befitting its role as a cautionary signal. It used to have shell inlay in its eyes, which gave them lifelike flash and fire.
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Type: Commentary, Gallery Label - Current
Source: Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Rights: Copyright Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Added to Site: November 21, 2009