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Object: Putorino (bugle flute)

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Title Putorino (bugle flute)
Production Unknown (carver), 1800-1850, New Zealand
Materials wood
Classification flutes, putorino
Technique woodcarving
Dimensions Overall: 40mm (Height) x 310mm (Length) x 22mm (Width/Depth)
Credit line Purchased 2007
Registration number ME023777
A unique Maori taonga, this putorino is particularly unusual in that it is the only one currently known with the female moko kauae carved underneath the waha, or mouth, thought to represent Hineraukatauri, the personified female ancestress of the putorino.

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