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Name/Title Heru Paraoa / Comb (Waikato)
Primary Maker Maker, Unknown
Production Date Pre 1900
Object Type Heru
"Y" National Registered Collector Number
Classification Heru/He Kura/Taonga Maori Thesaurus
Adornment/03 Personal Artifacts/Nomenclature
Heru/He Kura/Taonga Maori Thesaurus
Department Tangata Whenua
Brief Description Whalebone was rare and highly prized in Maori society. It was often used as a material in the production of taonga or treasures that were handed down through the generations. This large unusual whalebone hair comb or Heru has stylised incised designs based on koru forms and is thought to be from the Waikato region.
Measurements 155 x 65 x 4mm (whole)
95mm (teeth)
Media/Materials Whalebone hair comb
Production Place Huntly/Waikato/North Island/New Zealand
Iwi Waikato/Tainui
Generic Origin New Zealand Maori/West Polynesian/Polynesian/Oceania
Collection Trust Waikato Art and Taonga Collection/Tangata Whenua
Signature & Date None
Accession Date 14 Dec 2007
Acquisition Method Transfer
Gift
Credit Line Trust Waikato Art and Taonga Collection
Accession No 2007/24/2
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