Shark and bonito model

Maker
Edwin Wataronifugo
Description
Figure of Karemanua, the shark spirit, and Kakafu, his brother whom he bit in half.

Karemanua ate his brother because he saw his own transformation from human to shark while swimming off Santa Ana. The bent tail and band around trunk of the shark are supposed to show a shark still with half-human features. Nautilus shell inlay.
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Media/Materials
Wood and nautilus shell inlay.
Measurements
140 x 810 x 100mm Verified
Department collection type
Credit line
Collection of Waikato Museum Te Whare Taonga o Waikato
Accession number
1973/49/72

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