Object photography

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Object description

  • Maori artist
  • Nguru (flute), 1800-1807
  • Paua shell (abalone haliotis), wood, shell
  • New Zealand (Aotearoa)
  • L: 5 3/4 in, W: 1 3/4 in (L: 14.6 cm, W: 4.4 cm)
  • Gift of Captain William Richardson, 1807
  • E5520


East India Marine Society Collection


This is a Maori nose flute or nguru, with a curved end where nose is inserted. Elaborately carved body with swirling designs - thought to be multiple faces of manaia. There are Paua shell inlayed air holes with the shell having serrated edges. There is a hole where a suspension cord would run through.