Exhibit of the Week: Couple’s love of Pacific Islands

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Major Stewart and his wife Katharine loved the Pacific Islands and New Zealand and spent a good deal of time there.

This love is reflected in the rich variety of items collected as part of the Stewart collection now on display at Pocklington’s Burnby Hall Gardens.

There are two cabinets of superb artefacts on display, one containing items from New Zealand and the other the Pacific Islands. I’ve chosen three items from these to show you this week, all of them figures.

This male figure is made of carved wood once covered in red ochre, with a conical hat or hairstyle, a long nose and elongated pierced earlobes. He stands on a small square pedestal. All the cuts are filled with white lime to represent tattoos or ornaments. He was collected on one of Percy and Katharine Stewarts’ visits to the Pacific Islands.

Full feature in this week’s (26 February) Pocklington Post.