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Smooth Worn Patina
Early 19th Century
Size: 7.2cm high, 4cm wide – 2¾ ins high, 1½ ins wide
The Maori had no means of hunting the whales and so would wait for them to become stranded on beaches. Before European whalers invaded the Pacific such strandings were quite regular. The Maori would aid these events by using a sacred ‘Mauri’, a magical talisman, on the Te Mahia Peninsula in the form of a whale shaped hillock to effectively drive them onto the beaches.