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Object: Poi awe (percussive device)

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Title Poi awe (percussive device)
Production Unknown (weaver), 19th century, New Zealand
Medium summary muka (flax fibre), tahuna, dog hair, kiekie, raupö (bulrush), pïngao (golden sand sedge), wool
Materials muka, Kiekie, raupo, dog hair, wool, pingao
Classification poi, percussion instruments
Technique warp twining
Dimensions Overall: 82mm (Height) x 102mm (Width)
Credit line Acquisition history unknown
Registration number ME000150

A poiis alight, circular ball attached to a cord thatis twirled with the twist of the wrists in combinations of movements, around and against the hands and body. This example is a very rare type woven in muka (flax fibre) with a technique called knotless netting. It is called a poi awe, due to the presence of the dog-hair awe (tassles) attached as decoration.

Poi are used as visual and rhythmic accompaniments to Māori cultural song and dance performances.Performersmight use a single poi or a pair,with either short or long cordage lengths.Traditionally, dried raupō (bullrush) leaves were used as the ball covering, with braided muka for the cords. Today, synthetic materials are used.

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