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The famous Maori Pukaki carving represents the remarkable, 18th century Maori warrior Pukaki, renowned chief (rangirata) of the Ngati Whakaue (sub)tribe.
In 1877 the wooden carving of the revered Maori warrior chief suddenly disappeared. It reappeared after more than hundred years during the preparations for the worldwide Te Maori exhibition.
It’s one of New Zealand’s most well known carvings and is currently exhibited in the entrance of the Rotorua District Council after this unique part of Maori heritage was given back by the Auckland Museum.
The almost 2 meters tall carving …
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In ancient days battles between Maori tribes were fought with spears, knives, and clubs. These Maori weapons were traditionally made of wood, greenstone (pounamu), and whale bone.
Many of these weapons were adorned with detailed carvings. The wooden handles of knives and short spears, but also parts of clubs and other weapons included intricate carvings.
Sometimes the purpose was to provide grip but mostly there was a spiritual and symbolic aspect.
Apart from utilitarian items Maori carved weapons are also symbols of courage, determination, power and influence. They were exchanged between …