Ceremonial Comb • Heru by Lewis Tamihana Gardiner, Māori artist (KX121012)

Medium: whalebone, pāua (New Zealand abalone), silver, pounamu base (New Zealand jade). "Worn in the topknot, the heru was a symbol of rank.

Te Ara Kohatu  By Lewis Tamihana Gardiner

Concho for custom saddle with latigo going through mouth slot and paua notched inlay eyes

Cowan Wards

jade/bone Maori koru pendant with paua inlays jade bone koru pendant

Waka huia are Maori treasure containers. They are also referred to as Papahou. Historically these sacred boxes were used to store feathers of the Huia bird which were used for hair adornment by chiefs. The feather was stuck in the topknot.   Later on also other highly valued possessions (taonga) were kept in Waka huia such as jewelry and hair combs (heru). The waka huia is probably the most valued and revered of all personal carved items.

Waka huia are Maori treasure containers. They are also referred to as Papahou. Historically these sacred boxes were used to store feathers of the Huia bird which were used for hair adornment by chiefs. The feather was stuck in the topknot. Later on also other highly valued possessions (taonga) were kept in Waka huia such as jewelry and hair combs (heru). The waka huia is probably the most valued and revered of all personal carved items.

museum piece

celia-hannes: “ Matau (fish hook) century, New Zealand Materials bone, wood, muka (Length) x (Width) ”

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