Object: Poi awe (percussive device)
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|Title||Poi awe (percussive device)|
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|
x 102mm (Width)
|Credit line||Acquisition history unknown|
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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