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Papa Hou

Papa hou (feather box), 1800-1900,
from Auckland region, wood. Bequest of K A Webster, 1958

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Hung high

Papa hou (feather boxes) housed tapu (sacred) head adornments, so they were stored up high out of harm’s way. When the papa hou was hung from the rafters of the whare (house), its elaborately carved underside came into view.

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Hei Tiki

Hei tiki (neck pendant)

Papa hou

Poedua [Poetua], daughter of Oreo, chief of Ulaietea, one of the Society Isles

John Webber

Portrait of John Greenwood Jnr, by Sir William Beechey

Sir William Beechey
Portrait of John Greenwood Jnr.


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