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  • Maori Poutokomanawa Ancestor Figure Meeting House Head Post
  • Maori Poutokomanawa Ancestor Figure Meeting House Head Post
  • Maori Poutokomanawa Ancestor Figure Meeting House Head Post

Maori Poutokomanawa Ancestor Figure Meeting House Head Post

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

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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.

Attributed to Michelangelo Maestri (Italian, d. 1812)

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Maori Poutokomanawa Ancestor Figure Meeting House Head Post

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.