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Predicate Object 04 Jul 1950 1950-07-04T00:00:00.000Z 1950-07-04T00:00:00.000Z 1950.128 On loan from Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. Gift of the New Zealand Government. Austral Islands/French Polynesian 2001-12-04T00:00:00.000Z 1 2021-03-04T07:21:14.641Z French Polynesia Tupuna Mā’ohi ka Ora Pacific Collection Access Project 35 Predominantly Open Hoe. Carved ceremonial paddle. This hoe (paddle) is carved from ra'au (hardwood) into a leaf-shaped rapa (paddle blade) with a long slender handle, round in section, that flares toward the butt. The butt is carved into ten stylised ti'i (ancestral human figures) arranged concentrically, leaving a cavity in the interior of the butt and a short length of metal wire tied inside it. There is very fine geometric carving across each side of the blade in a serrated lattice effect, and further geometric patterns carved over all the surfaces of the hoe. The hoe is dark brown in colour with some patina visible. Hoe
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