Walking Stick


About this object

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.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Personal Object
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
    Jacob Hebberley
  • Place made
    Oceania: Polynesia: New Zealand
  • Date made
    1931 before
  • Materials
    Wood; Abalone (Haliotis sp); Technique: Carved, inlaid
  • Location
    World Museum, Level 3, World Cultures
  • Acquisition
    Gift of the Trustees of the Wellcome Collection
  • Collector
  • Place collected
  • Date collected
  • Measurements
    11.7 x 3.0 x 90.5 cm
  • Note
    Walking sticks tokotoko developed from the traditional orator's staff when European walking sticks were introduced. Attribution: The work of Jacob Hebberley, 1890s - very early 1900s, and as a replica, not meant to be used (Roger Neich, March 1994). Acquired by the Wellcome Historical Medical Museum at Stevens' Auction Rooms on 17 November 1931, Lot 283.
  • Related people
    Jacob Hebberley ( Artist/maker); J C Stevens ( Previous owner); Wellcome Historical Medical Museum ( Previous owner)


Previous owners

  • Wellcome Historical Medical Museum

    Owned from: 1931-11-17
    How acquired: Gift
    Owned until: 1951
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • Stevens

    Owned from: 1931-11-17
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1931-11-17
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
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