Alter Piece, Catholic Mission Station

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Otumoetai Catholic mission station alter piece in three parts. The carved wooden alter has the remains of red, blue, white and yellow paint on its surface. A number of nails have been driven through the wood leaving holes. The carving includes a cross on 0063/19/1.

The Catholic Mission Station was established at Otumoetai, Tauranga, in 1840 and closed in 1863 as a result of the Land Wars in the Waikato which spread to Tauranga the following year. For many years the alter was in the possession of the Matheson family who owned the land on which the station was sited. A painting completed by H.G. Robley in 1865 shows the interior of the church including the alter. It is recorded that the church was much admired by visitors. The painting is part of Te Papa's collection.

Kia wehi koutou ki toku aroaro
Fear me
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Tauranga, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand
/1 - 800mm (length), 120mm (width), 5mm (depth)
/2 - 880mm (length), 120mm (width) 5mm (depth)
/3 - 1600mm (length), 64mm (width) 5mm (depth)
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