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Canoe Bailer (Tiheru or Tata)

Bailers such as this were an important piece of equipment for Māori war canoes, which could hold one hundred or more men. The form of this bailer is typical: carved of a single piece of wood, it is a broad scoop with a handle projecting over it. Though other war canoe accouterments—stone anchors, plaited fiber sails, and wooden paddles—were generally relatively plain, bailers were elaborately decorated, and, like much Māori carving, they have multiple levels of visual interpretation. This bailer has been attributed to the Rongowhakaata group, who live in the vicinity of Poverty Bay on the east cape of Te Ika-a-Māui (North Island).

Māori peoples (Rongowhakaata group), Te Ika-a-Māui (North Island), Aotearoa (New Zealand)
Canoe Bailer (Tiheru or Tata)
Early 19th century
L. 17 5/8 in. (44.8 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, 75.67