Canoes have sacred associations since they carried the Maori to Aotearoa. Sternposts (taurapa) are located at the rear of a canoe. At the top of this carving we can see a manaia, or guardian spirit figure. Elaborately-carved sternposts were decorated with feather streamers called puhi. According to one Maori tradition spiders were said to have carved the stern and prow of the first canoe (waka), which is why web-like spiral forms (mata kupenga) feature so prominently on them.
|Full Name||model stern post|
|Collection Country||New Zealand|
|Production country||New Zealand|
|Collection area/region||Australia and New Zealand|
|Function detail||It’s actually half the size of an authentic stern post|