Maori Poutokomanawa Ancestor Figure Meeting House Head Post


An exceptional 18th century Poutokomanawa Maori Village meeting house Headpost.

18th century

Ex collection Wayne Heathcote

Private collection, USA

Height 57cm

Width 13cm

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Ancestor figures or Poutokomanawa were prominently placed at the centre of Maori meeting houses. Far more than just a object, these figures were imbued with historic meaning and significance. They were important relics that were central to the Maori communities as they are today.

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