Walking Stick



A walking stick with a looped handle. There is a male human figure at the top and a human head on the loop. There is a female figure below the male one, and three manaia (bird-like profile heads) below, one near the tip. The surface patterns are spirals on the figures, koru (bulbed hook shapes) and crescent-shaped ridges on the lower half. Also rauponga (several parallel ridges and grooves with a notched ridge in between), flattened taratara-a-kai (notched zigzags between ridges) and raised circles. The eyes are shell-inlaid, but some inlay is missing.