About this object

A tokotoko (walking stick) with a pronounced corkscrew shape. There are two human faces near the top, the bottom one with a protruding tongue. There are letters carved on the inner surface of the spiral, and long thin pakati (dog's-tooth notches) in triangular sections on the outer. The inscription seems to be "HIEPOROKAI WHIRIA HIETOKOTO MOKUAEHI RAKAU PAIAEHIIAHA TE". The human faces and other parts of stick have lenticular shell-inlaid eyes, but several are missing. The stick is damaged near the bottom end.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Personal Object
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Oceania: Polynesia: New Zealand
  • Date made
    1879 before
  • Materials
    Wood; Abalone (Haliotis sp); Technique: Carved, inlaid
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Purchased from Air Commodore Andrew Adolphus Walser, 1946
  • Collector
  • Place collected
  • Date collected
  • Measurements
    6.5 x 6.5 x 90.5 cm
  • Note
    Walking sticks tokotoko developed from the traditional orator's staff when European walking sticks were introduced. Attribution: Possibly Whanganui? (Roger Neich, March 1994).
  • Related people
    Henry Charles Stephens ( Previous owner); Andrew Adolphus Walser ( Previous owner)


Previous owners

  • Andrew Adolphus Walser

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Purchase
    Owned until: 1946
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • Henry Charles 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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