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Kato Qele (Clay basket)

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Auckland War Memorial Museum Tāmaki Paenga Hira

Auckland War Memorial Museum Tāmaki Paenga Hira

Vessel, spherical in shape, and made of qele (clay) with Wa ni Tabua (crossover handle) across a ruffled rim. Rim is decorated with somuna (decorative spots of applied qele) and has been shaped in a way to form four i gaga (pouring spouts) on each corner. Somuna, along with two incised lines, decorate the handle. Decorating the upper area of the vessel is a band of raised vertical lines. Outer surface is coated with makadre (resin from the Dakua tree). Light markings visible across waist area.

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