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Object: Tatua Hume (belt)

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Title Tatua Hume (belt)
Production Unknown (weaver), 1800-1840
Medium summary Muka fibre, dog hair
Materials dog hair, harakeke
Classification belts
Technique hand weaving
Dimensions Overall: 200mm (Height) x 2870mm (Length) x 420mm (Width/Depth)
Overall: 2870mm (Length) x 105mm (Width)
Credit line Purchased 1977
Registration number ME013966

This tätua (man's woven belt) is made from fine muka (flax fibre) extracted from the harakeke (flax: Phormium tenax) plant. This example is decorated with dog hair. Tätua were worn around the waist and used to carry short-handled weapons such as mere and patu (short flat clubs).

This tätua was presented to the Saffron Walden Museum (England) in 1840. It was later acquired by English collector James Thomas Hooper, one of four prominent collectors of Polynesian artefacts in the United Kingdom.

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