Bowl – apira

Stanley Wagore
Apira – ataro. Bowl decorated at ends with figure of Waiwori who is capable of appearing in the form of a dog or a white coconut crab. Highly ornate bowl made for tourist trade rather than for traditional ceremony – therefore a 'new bowl'. Waiwori is a spirit of mythical significance. Dogs used to hunt pigs. Dog's teeth highly valued for jewellery. Double pattern of nautilus shell may be meant to represent dog's teeth.
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Wood, black pigment, nautilus shell inlay.
191 x 387 x 119 mm - HxWxD
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Collection of Waikato Museum Te Whare Taonga o Waikato
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