A Fine English Portrait Plaque of the New Zealand Maori Chief 'Matene. Te. Nga'. Intaglio Ware by Sherwin and Cotton, Hanley, Staffordshire

A Fine English Portrait Plaque of the New Zealand Maori Chief 'Matene. Te. Nga'. Intaglio Ware by Sherwin and Cotton, Hanley, Staffordshire

1800 to 1900 England

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A Fine English Portrait Plaque of the New Zealand Maori Chief
'Matene. Te. Nga'. Intaglio Ware by Sherwin and Cotton, Hanley,
Staffordshire
Incised on reverse: 'Made by Sherwin and Cotton, Eastwood Tile Works, Hanley, Staffordshire'
Circa 1890-1900

Size: 22.5cm x 15cm
Sherwin and Cotton were tile makers from 1877 to 1930 and their

Intaglio wares were of superb and almost photographic quality. These

intaglio ware plaques were produced from 1890 to the early 1900's.


The New Zealand Maori depicted, who full name was Matene Ne Nga Whi

Whi, was an early Baptist Christian convert in the 1840's. In turn he

converted many Maori from the more aggressive and warlike groups in the

islands to Christianity.


More importantly in 1853 together with his uncle, the legendary Maori

Chief Rauearaua, he developed the concept of one nation for all the

Maori peoples of New Zealand to be rules by a Maori King. This idea was

eventually accepted and became a reality for the Maori people.
Dimensions
Height 22.50 cm (8.86 inches)
Width 15.00 cm (5.91 inches)
Medium
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