Object of the week: gourd container

This week’s object is a finely carved gourd container with the top cut to form a lid, and flax handle. The gourd was carved by Tekani Atakirau of Ngati Porou, who was the grandfather of the donor, H. Werder. A gourd is a plant of the family Cucurbitaceae, particularly Cucurbita and Lagenaria or the fruit of the two genera of ‘calabash tree’, Crescentia and Amphitecna. For more on the Māori uses of gourds, read here. If you know further information about this object that would be useful for our catalogue, contact the museum on 0800 111 323 or museum@stdc.govt.nz, Aotea Utanganui Museum of South Taranaki Heritage Collection reference 1974.544.1.


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