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Patu Muka

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Tane Singh-Lagah
Ngāi Tūhoe, Te Arawa, Ngāti Awa
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215mm x 90mm x 70mm
1948TS
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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.