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Lithograph depicting four Greek neck and belly amphora vases decorated with various scenes relating to the Taranaki Wars (1860-1866) and Tītokowaru's War (June 1868 to March 1869). The vases are individually titled and all the figures are depicted in a Greek style. The vase depicted top left is titled "Neck Amphora by the Confiscation Painter, 1865-66, Side A: Teatime in Taranaki" and shows a settler family seated at a table eating a meal in a wooden hut. A dog sits begging for food at their feet. Part of Mount Taranaki is visible through the hut window. A figure wearing a lion skin is depicted digging on the neck of the vase. The vase depicted top right is titled "Neck Amphora by the Confiscation Painter, 1865-66, Side B: The Lost Harvest", which shows several figures on horseback brandishing weapons. A whare [Māori house] is burning behind them. Several figures are running away from the fire. A cabbage tree and other vegetation is visible in the foreground of the vase's body. A figure wearing a lion skin is looking through a surveying tool on the neck of the amphora. The vase depicted lower left is titled "Belly Amphora by the Provocation Painter 1868-69, Side A: The Burning Homestead" and shows a woman mourning over the body of a man. Two figures stand watching with their arms around each other. Two other figures carrying weapons are running from the scene. A burning hut is depicted on the neck of the amphora. The vase depicted lower right is titled "Belly Amphora by the Provocation Painter, 1868-69, Side B: Titokowaru waits" and shows Māori fortifications including trenches and wooden palisading. A tree and ferns are depicted on the left side of the vase. A small bird sits in the tree. Three figures with bird bodies and holding musical instruments are depicted on the neck of the amphora.
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PA2012.028

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