Story: Kurī – Polynesian dogs

Carving, Ōhinemutu (3rd of 3)

Carving, Ōhinemutu

Traditional carving rarely depicted animals realistically. This more recent carving of Pōtaka Tawhiti’s head, painted white, is in the Tamatekapua meeting house at Ōhinemutu.

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Private collection, Paul Tapsell
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Basil Keane, 'Kurī – Polynesian dogs - Traditional accounts of kurī', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 19 May 2022)

Story by Basil Keane, published 24 Nov 2008