Bowl – apira

Apira ni garinasu nekoasia o waswari o kerekere ari – bowl with garincisu design of which Waiwori, the twisted tail sits. Dog is symbol of the ancestor god Waiwori.
Integrated handles typical of Santa Catalina. Frigate bird pattern on sides of bowl.
The curved pieces under the handle of bowl, ending in three rounds with shell circles in the centre, may be a repeat of the dogs tails – recurring theme.
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Wood coated with traditional lacquer composed of charcoal mixed with resin. Nautilus shell inlay.
160 x 460 x 136mm - HxWxD
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Collection of Waikato Museum Te Whare Taonga o Waikato
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