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Patu Muka

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Richard Witeri Kai Whakairo (Graduate Carver)
Te Whakatōhea, Te Arawa, Ngāti Ranginui
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$380 NZD

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210mm x 70mm
2952RC
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Flax was an important item in the Māori economy, and the skills associated with its preparation were highly prized. Before flax could be woven, the outer green layer was removed and the inner fibres were soaked and pounded until soft. This patu muka (flax pounder) was a tool used in the process.