Story: Hōkakatanga – Māori sexualities

Sexual symbolism on a waka huia (2nd of 2)

Sexual symbolism on a waka huia

The lid of this waka huia (treasure box) shows male and female figures engaged in sexual intercourse. Sexual symbolism was often incorporated into Māori carving.

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How to cite this page:

Clive Aspin, 'Hōkakatanga – Māori sexualities - Sexuality in Māori tradition', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/object/31693/sexual-symbolism-on-a-waka-huia (accessed 16 October 2019)

Story by Clive Aspin, published 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 22 Jan 2019