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Maori Post Figure: Poutokomanawa

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Maori Post Figure: Poutokomanawa
Maori Post Figure: Poutokomanawa
About 1840
Wood, paua shell
Gift of Curtis Galleries, Inc.

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New Zealand
  • Honoring one's ancestors is a key principle of the native Maori religion.

  • The post figure, representing an ancestor, is the symbolic central support of the community meeting house, and is greatly revered.

  • Each body part of the figure has a specific spiritual meaning.

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