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Predicate Object 02 Sep 1986 1986-09-02T00:00:00.000Z 1986-09-02T00:00:00.000Z 1986.210 Collection of Auckland Museum Tamaki Paenga Hira, 1986.210, 52139 Niuean 1997-08-06T00:00:00.000Z 1 2021-03-04T06:30:30.323Z Niue Pacific Collection Access Project 35 woodwork Tao. Barbed spear. This tao is made of three components: a length of wood for the shaft handle, a length of kieto (ebony wood) for the ulu tao (spear head) and a coil of pulu (cordage of coconut sennit fibres). The shaft is cylindrical in length and form with a polished surface that is light brown in colour. The ulu tao is of a dark brown, almost black colour and is matte in surface texture. Its length features carved fakanifonifo (serrated edging). It has come loose from the shaft. Attempts to reinforce the shaft can be portrayed by the eroded lengths of serrated metal beneath the coils of pule and wire. Tao
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