Object of the week: pā kahawai

Today’s object is a pā kahawai made of bone, attached to a piece of wood inlaid with paua and cord tied to it. Māori used bone, stone, shell and other natural materials for practical purposes as well as body adornment. Specific materials had specific uses. Pāua shell was perfect for pā kahawai (trolling lures): its reflective qualities helped entice the catch.

If you have information about this pā kahawai 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 1975.370.1.

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