Bowl

Maker
Unknown Maker
Description
This small humble bowl is an interesting specimen:
(1) It is called apira-ni-mwane (bowl of a man) but it is not used by a man but rather by a woman.
(2) It represents an example of the sacrifice bowl used by women when communicating with their ataro (spirit).
In appearance this is an apira ngaungau (ie. eating bowl). In function, however, it is not an apira ngaungau but an apira-ni-mwane of the same category as the inlaid bowls which men use when eating food with their ataro.
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Object detail

Media/Materials
Wood.
Measurements
70 x 222 x 125mm - HxWxD
Department collection type
Credit line
Collection of Waikato Museum Te Whare Taonga o Waikato
Accession number
1973/49/3

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