Walking stick

Unknown Maker
A walking stick used by a medicine man in ceremonies. The rattle would harmonise with his movement.
Part 1 – Head. An ornate carved head, removable and painted silver. The top is a mythical bird standing on a platform rising out of a floral arrangement.
Part 2 – Stick. A cylindrical wooden walking stick with a rattle 1/3 of the way down. The rattle is rectangular in shape with four smaller rectangles cut out of the wood, one on each side. A wooden cross-section fits inside this carved feature and moves up and down when shaken. The lower 2/3's of the stick have a carved decorative rope relief that curves down and around the stick. 2/3's of the way down are two carved frogs, in relief. The stick is painted in red, white, green and yellow.
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Wood and pigment (painted).
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Collection of Waikato Museum Te Whare Taonga o Waikato
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