War exhibit includes rare, historical items
Two extraordinary egg cups and an ashtray feature along with paintings of politicians and generals in an exhibition marking the centenary of the outbreak of World War I at the New Zealand Portrait Gallery.
The egg cups bear portraits of Britain’s King George V and Queen Mary, who ruled the British Empire during the war.
The white porcelain cups were made in Germany and the name of Britain’s principal enemy in the fouryear conflict is printed in red under their base.
The egg cups, ashtray and a tea towel, which also feature the King’s image, are the most unusual of more than 70 exhibits in the exhibition.
The exhibition is called Facing the Front: New Zealand’s Enduring First World War.
The exhibition, at the gallery on Wellington’s Queens Wharf, runs until August 24.
New Zealand’s war- time Prime Minister, William Massey, is featured in a painting by Briton Augustus John, probably the most famous artist whose work is on show.
The exhibition runs daily from 10.30am till 4.30pm. Admission free.
Lifesaving team: From left, Kaitu Ioane, Rose Tomokino, Giada Peyrock, Gordana Chong Nee, Ontreal Avai Panapa, behind, and Jarred Tuifao, who won the Young Enterprise challenge.