Featuring

MAUI'S 
DWELLING 
PLACE

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NATURE'S ORDER
(Whalebone)

FACE OF MAUI
(Greenstone)

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Rangi - Sky-father - embracing Papa-Tua-Nuku - Earth-mother. Rangi is on the bottom front, shown by a large koru design, topped by a double spiral niho-kuri - a dog tooth notch is used, and Papa-Tua-Nuku is depicted being pulled away to enable Tane’s brothers and sisters to leave the womb. The row of piko, or new ferns, represent her children and descendants. Papa has a single spiral attached with niho-taniwha - dragon tooth notching.

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