Rakau Tokotoko (Stick)

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Carved wooden walking stick with carved figures on the handle end. One figure holds a mere in right hand and has a ta moko on face. Carved knotch pakati and haehae on body and legs. Eyes are pearl shell. Reverse figure has carved tongue. Three fingered hands are held in front of body with fingers facing one another. Stick gently tapers to end. The ancestral figure at the top usually represents the matriarch of the whanau or hapu.

He aha te kai o te rangatira?
He korero, he korero, he korero.
What is the food of the leader?
It is knowledge.
Measurements
880mm (height), 13mm (circumference)
Accession number
0057/19
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