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Carved Waka - by Wood Masters

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Carved Waka Taua (canoe)

60cm x 26cm x 7cm

Carved prow and stern depicting Tangaroa (God of the Sea) with his sepentine body on the prow and Tawhirimatea (God of the Wind and Storms) on the inner curve of the stern overseeing the safety of the paddlers.
A Manaia, (guardian) features on the stern and along the sides of the waka.

About Waka Taua:

Waka taua ranged from 9 to over 30 metres long. Waka holding up to 100 people were observed by James Cook during his voyages in the 18th century, while others observed equally substantial waka in the 19th century.

Waka taua were ornately adorned and carved. They were sometimes referred to as waka pītau, which describes spiral carving that supports the carved figurehead in the tauihu (prow).