Walking Stick


About this object

A tokotoko (walking stick) with a top in the form of a clenched fist, a human figure on the side, and two beaked faces near the bottom. The surface patterns are haehae (parallel grooves) and ridges with pakati (dog's-tooth notches) on most surfaces, arranged spirally on the central third of the stick. The eyes and other circles are shell-inlaid, and the shell discs have central wooden pegs.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Personal Object
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Oceania: Polynesia: New Zealand
  • Date made
    1943 before
  • Materials
    Wood; Abalone (Haliotis sp); Technique: Carved, inlaid
  • Location
    World Museum, Level 3, World Cultures
  • Acquisition
    Gift of Leicester Museum and Art Gallery, 1943
  • Collector
  • Place collected
  • Date collected
  • Measurements
    4.5 x 5.0 x 98.7 cm
  • Note
    Walking sticks tokotoko developed from the traditional orator's staff when European walking sticks were introduced.
  • Related people


Previous owners

  • Leicester Museum

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Gift
    Owned until: 1943
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
Object view = Humanities
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