About this object

A tokotoko (walking stick) with a humanoid face on the knob at the top, and a human figure on the side with hands on its stomach. The figure wears European clothing. The surface patterns are haehae (parallel grooves) and ridges with pakati (dog's-tooth notches) along most of its length. The head and the figure have shell-inlaid eyes.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Personal Object
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Oceania: Polynesia: New Zealand
  • Date made
    Before 1879
  • Materials
    Wood; Abalone (Haliotis sp); Technique: Carved, inlaid
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Purchased from Air Commodore Andrew Adolphus Walser, 1946
  • Collector
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place collected
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Date collected
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Measurements
    4.0 x 3.5 x 89.5 cm
  • Note
    Walking sticks tokotoko developed from the traditional orator's staff when European walking sticks were introduced.
  • Related people
    H C Mr Stephens (Previous owner); Andrew Adolphus Walser (Previous owner)

Where is this object from?


Previous owners

  • Andrew Adolphus Walser

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Purchase
    Owned until: 1946
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • H C Mr Stephens

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: Unknown or unrecorded
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
Object view = Humanities
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