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Pätua (bark basket)

Unknown1850

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Te Papa

This is a pātua (bark basket) made from the bark of the tōtara tree (Podocarpus totara). Used as presentation vessels for food, pātua were made by steaming large pieces of tōtara bark to make them pliable, then crafting them into this basket form. Sometimes pātua were adorned with the feathers of birds to be served in the basket. This particular pātua was collected by Reverend Taylor and features hawk feathers on the handles.

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Details

  • Title: Pätua (bark basket)
  • Date Created: 1850
  • Location Created: New Zealand
  • Physical Dimensions: w295 x h380 x d495 mm
  • Type: baskets
  • Rights: Acquisition history unknown
  • External Link: Te Papa
  • Medium: tötara (wood), feathers, bark
  • maker/artist: Unknown
  • Subjects: Basket making
  • Object classification: baskets
  • Material terms: bark; feather; wood

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