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ID: 700001726
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Record Type: Movable Work
Images: 1
Rakau atua "Tumatauenga" (staff (walking stick); Unknown; undetermined; Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa (Wellington, Welling...; OL000177)
Note: Rakau atua (god sticks) were ceremonial in function and acted as vessels/homes for deities or were divination rods for atua (gods). This rakau atua was originally probably at least a metre longer and is associated with Tumatauenga (the god of war), who was one of the sons of Ranginui (sky father) and Papatuanuku (earth mother). The reference to Tumatauenga can be seen in the large eye (that sees all) and the row of fierce teeth (that can devour the world). This rakau atua also features a double-featured head, known asa mua.
Rakau atua "Tumatauenga" (preferred,C,U,RP,English-P,U,U)
Catalog Level: item
Work Types:
staff (walking stick) [300221444] (preferred)
..... (Objects Facet, Furnishings and Equipment (hierarchy name), Tools and Equipment (hierarchy name), equipment, <equipment by context>, personal equipment, walking sticks)
Term Not Found (AAT Candidate)

ceremonial (preferred)

Creation Date: undetermined

Creator Display:
Unknown [preferred,VP]
carver unknown (unknown cultural designation) [500125274]
Current: Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa (Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand) [500311561] Corporate Bodies (Corp. Body)
Repository Numbers: OL000177
Credit Line: Oldman Collection. Gift of the New Zealand Government, 1992
Creation: New Zealand [1000226] Oceania (continent), World (facet) (Geographic)
Display Materials: wood
wood (plant material) [300011914]
.......(Materials Facet, Materials (hierarchy name), materials (substances), <materials by origin>, biological material, plant material, <wood and wood by product>)
carving (processes) [300053149]
.......(Activities Facet, Processes and Techniques (hierarchy name), <processes and techniques by specific type>, <subtractive processes and techniques>, <carving and carving techniques>)

Dimensions: Overall: 1395 (height) x 51.41 (width) x 54.44 (depth) mm
General Subject:
ceremonial objects (preferred)

Specific Subjects:
Term Not Found
..... AAT Candidate

List/Hierarchical Position:
..... Movable Works
Sources and Contributors:
Rakau atua "Tumatauenga"........ [VP]
........ Te Papa online (2000-); accessed 15 August 2012
........ Te Papa spreadsheet (2012)
Subject: ....... [VP]
English ..... [VP]
..... Te Papa online (2000-) accessed 15 August 2012
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