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Heru

Wood Carving

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Sidney Tamati Kai Whakairo (Graduate Carver)
Ngāti Pikiao, Ngāi Tai
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$580 NZD

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160mm x 35mm
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Heru were produced in varying shapes and sizes and were made from wood, and in some instance’s whalebone. These combs were highly valued as personal heirlooms and were consequently passed down from one generation to the next, often acquiring their own personal names. The combs were mostly decorative and held the pūtikitiki (top knot) in place. When a comb was broken, it was placed in a swamp or some sacred place for safe keeping because the head was the most sacred part of the body and therefore tapu (sacred).