Digging Stick


A foot-rest attachment (teka) for a digging stick (ko). The carving has a right-angle shape in side view. A humanoid figure supports the upper part, with its hands either side of its mouth, and its stomach or penis extending between knees and elbows. The figure has double spirals with pakati (dog's-tooth notches) on its shoulders and buttocks, pakati with haehae (parallel grooves) and ridges on arms, legs, back and under the chin. There are small plain spirals on the figure's cheeks. The right eye is shell-inlaid and all surfaces are worn smooth.