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Object: Radiogram

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Title Radiogram
Production Retter, Massey (artist), about 1955, New Zealand
Materials kauri, metal, glass, paua shell, paint
Classification radio receivers, phonographs
Technique woodcarving, painting
Dimensions Overall: 1340mm (Height) x 475mm (Width) x 415mm (Depth)
Credit line Purchased 1998 with New Zealand Lottery Grants Board funds
Registration number GH009099

A tall radiogram, carved in a Maori folk-art style by Massey Retter (1914-1980), Muaupoko, Ngati Raukawa, at Otaki, during the 1950s.

The fascia of the machine is carved in traditional figural motifs, juxtaposed with a naturalistic figure of a woman wearing a feather cape and piupiu, holding a patu. The gramophone component of the machine is housed in a hinged bin that opens out to reveal a painted kowhaiwhai pattern.

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