War ex­hibit in­cludes rare, his­tor­i­cal items

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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.

Photo: RHI­AN­NON McCON­NELL

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.

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