Object: Kaka poria (bird leg ring)
This image is All rights reserved.
Please follow the Buy or license link under each image to apply to use this image. (Charges may apply)
Why you need to apply for the use of this image
Rights for this work may be:
- controlled by the artist, the artist's estate, or other rights holders; or
- unclear - Te Papa will do a more detailed analysis of the work’s rights history; or
- covered by Te Papa’s Mana Taonga principle which supports the rights of holders of traditional knowledge to determine how the image may be used.
You need to make sure you don’t infringe on the rights of third parties before you use this image. Our image request process helps with this. Te Papa does not authorise the use of this image beyond the uses allowed by the “fair dealing” provisions of the New Zealand Copyright Act, 1994.
More information about copyright
We recommend these resources for more information:
- Copyright in NZ - Ministry of Economic Development
- Copyright guidelines and resource - Lianza
- Enabling use and re-use - Digital NZ
Find more information about Te Papa's rights project on our blog, including how rights types are assigned.
Get in touch
Please contact email@example.com
- if you have any information regarding this work and rights to it, or
- if you wish to contact the rights holder for this work. We will assist where we can.
|Title||Kaka poria (bird leg ring)|
Unknown (carver), 1800-1850, New Zealand
|Medium summary||Manufactured by hand from pounamu using stone drills and cutters, sandstone (files & rasps), and water.|
x 34mm (Width)
x 6mm (Depth)
Käkä pöria are small leg rings usually fashioned from bone or stone materials. They were used to confine the movements of young käkä (Nestor meridionalis) parrots, which, after being caught, were held prisoner by the leg rings. The captured käkä became tame and were then referred to as mökai (captive or pet). During the fowling season, these pet käkä were taken into the forests where they were made to cry out to attract wild birds. Wild käkä, being curious and sociable, were attracted in great numbers by the tame birds' cries.
As the wild birds alighted on nearby branches, the mökai handlers would be lying in wait with mutu käkä (snares for parrots). Some birds would alight on a snare's carefully arranged horizontal perch, and a cord would be jerked trapping the legs of the birds against the protruding upright of the mutu käkä. The wild birds were summarily dispatched and bagged for the journey home.
Käkä pöria, when not attached to the legs of tame birds, were worn as pendants. Some, especially those fashioned from pounamu (New Zealand greenstone), required sophisticated technical knowledge to make because of the hardness of the material and the finely carved details such as the holes on the outer edges that accommodate the cord. Käkä pöria often became valued family heirlooms and were passed down from generation to generation.
Results from DigitalNZ
Searching 25 million digital objects from over 140 content partners across New ZealandMore from Digital NZ
Disclaimer: This information was created from historic documentation, and may not necessarily reflect the best available knowledge about the item. Some collection images are created for identification purposes only and may not be of reproduction quality. Some images are not available due to copyright restrictions. If you have information or questions about objects in the collection, contact us using our enquiry form. You can also find out more about Collections Online.