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Taoka Tawhito, 19th century, Maker unknown, Southland. Augustus Hamilton Collection. Purchased 1914. Te Papa

 
  • Ceremonial mask
  • A figure of power
  • Elaborate entranceway
  • The hook of Maui
  • Ancient amulet

Ancient amulet

The design of this taoka tawhito (amulet) suggests that it dates from 1300 to 1500, Te Tipunga, the period during which Māori art developed in styles of its own.