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Cloak fastener au rei

Cloak fastener au rei

Place: New Zealand
Category: Clothing

animal material, plant fibre, New Zealand, l. 13.5 cm, Inv. Oz 300

Humphrey No. 192: ‘a Needle used to fasten their Cloaks with by the Natives of New Zealand, made of wood.’

Cloak fastener, presumably of animal material (quill?), in the form of a curved needle, upper end with hole drilled through, with a twisted cord. Hamilton (1896: 295) mentioned the use of feather quills (tuaka) as sewing needles. Markus Schindlbeck

Sources

Hamilton, Augustus, The Art Workmanship of the Maori Race in New Zealand, Wellington, 1896.