This epa (house post) was discovered in Waitara, Taranaki, in 1919. The figure at the top is a marakihau, sometimes described as a sea taniwha . However, some view it as an ancestor with the bulbous head, three fingers, and serpentine body that reflects the...
Fig. 78. Short clubs. — a onewa; b, patu paraoa; c, mere; d, Chatham Is. stone club; e, kotiate; f, wahaika; g, wahaika with side notch; h, Chatham Is. a-c, e, f, after Best (16); d, h, after Skinner (71); g, Oldman coll., no. 63 | NZETC
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Female Mask, Red Moko – sold – Kura Gallery: Maori and New Zealand Art + Design.
Matt Smiler Kura Gallery Maori Art Design Aotearoa New Zealand Carving Totara Female Mask Red Moko
Whakapakoko rākau (god stick)
The whakapakoko rākau or god stick had a pointed end so it could be stuck into the ground. It was used as a temporary shrine for an atua (deity) by tohunga ahurewa (priestly experts). Tohunga were often responsible for healing people, and sometimes used ...