The walnut stock of this double-barrelled shotgun has been intricately carved by an unknown Māori artist. The gun itself was made in England about 1860. As firearms and other examples of European technology arrived in New Zealand their wooden parts were often carved by Māori owners. Carving made these objects more attractive and valuable to their owners, and may also have had symbolic significance.
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