Story: Whakairo – Māori carving

Carved ashtray

Carved ashtray

This carved ashtray is an example of the type of tourist knock-offs that were based on traditional Māori carvings, but were a more simplistic imitative style.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, K. E. Niven and Co Collection
Reference: 1/2-211756-F
Photograph by K. E. Niven

Permission of the Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand, Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa, must be obtained before any re-use of this image.

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How to cite this page:

Brett Graham, 'Whakairo – Māori carving - The Rotorua school', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 24 May 2022)

Story by Brett Graham, published 22 Oct 2014