Fine canoe bailer. Oval in outline and quite shallow. Finely carved and worn through use to a fine polish. The bailer was possibly made with stone tools. It is made from the wood of totara (Podocarpus totara) cut at an angle to the grain from a large diameter trunk. Carved proximal end features double tongue with a double manaia forming mouth. A classic Kai Tahu pakura design is featured on the lips and nose. Handle also adorned with head.
From the collection of: Mr R. Leslie Orbell
Originally purchased from: William Oldman
Hornsey had a part of the Orbell collection that had been purchased by the: Otago Museum
Maximum dimensions (H x W x D): 283 x 520 x 110mm
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