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Kumete whakairo (presentation bowl), ca 1908

Reference Number: PA1-f-179-79-4

Carved, lidded presentation bowl (kumete whakairo) supported by semi crouching figures. The handle of the lid consists of two figures lying on their backs, head to head. The artist was Patoromu Tamatea who lived in the Rotorua area. This bowl probably dates from ca 1875 and is one of at least three very similar bowls that Patoromu carved between 1865 and 1885. (Information from Roger Neich, Auckland Institute and Museum). Photographed by Thomas Pringle about 1908

Key terms:
1 image, related to Patoromu Tamatea, Ngati Pikiao o Te Arawa, Ngati Tamateatutahi, Kumete, Kumete whakairo and Wood-carving, Maori.

Part of:
Pringle, Thomas, 1858-1931 :"Camera Notes Between Wanganui and Rotorua", Reference Number PA1-f-179 (31 digitised items)
Parliamentary Library : Photograph albums, Reference Number PAColl-5005 (43 digitised items)

Extent: 1 b&w original photographic print(s)Silver gelatin print. Single photograph

Historical Notes: Patoromu Tamatea was of the Ngati Tamateautahi, a sub-tribe of Ngati Pikiao. He built several canoes at Kopuatepa at Rotoiti. He also worked at cultivations at Onepoto, Manututu, and Ngakokako at Lake Rotoma, where he and others built a canoe called Te Ahikaka. Work ceased at Ngakokako in 1864 when the Tairawhiti army arrived and most of the people returned to Rotoiti. Patoramu was involved in settling a dispute over pigs at Wairere at Tokerau on the north shore of Lake Rotoiti.

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