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Wheku – Apanui

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Ngāti Pikiao, Ngāti Hinerangi, Ngāi Tūhoe, Te Whānau-ā-Apanui
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260mm x 150mm x 50mm
3281SL
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In Māori carving there are three predominant designs for heads: the 'wheku' with its long eyes; the 'koruru' with its round eyes; and, the 'ruru', which also has round eyes but with a point at the top. The different designs were used by carvers to illustrate the character of the subject they were carving. The long eyes of the wheku were often used to depict a squint or frown.