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Predicate Object 06 Mar 1925 1925-03-06T00:00:00.000Z 1925-03-06T00:00:00.000Z 1925.146 Collection of Auckland Museum Tamaki Paenga Hira, 1925.146, 14377 Tongan 2003-02-03T00:00:00.000Z 1 2021-03-04T02:00:59.352Z Pacific Collection Access Project Tonga 35 Warriors/- PACIFIC SUBJECTS - woodwork Men/- PACIFIC SUBJECTS - Fishing/- PACIFIC SUBJECTS - Ngahau. Bow. A ngahau (bow) is one of the most basic weapons and hunting implements in Tonga, it is also known as a kaufana. This ngahau has been carved from one block or branch of wood, most probably the toa (ironwood) tree. The surface area is smooth and it is medium brown in colour, it is a curved bow which would have been used for close distance shooting. The pull string is missing but there are slight indentations at either end to secure the pull string to. Ngahau can be used as a weapon in warfare, as well as a hunting in both land and sea. Ngahau
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