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No. 59 (June 1967)

All these articles once belonged to Revd Richard Taylor, the well-known pioneer missionary to New Zealand, and are now in the possession of a direct descendant, Dr R. M. S. Taylor of Auckland.

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Both the shank and the point of this hook are made of human bone. The cord is the original cording, and the inside of the hook is faced with paua shell.

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These pendants were presented by Maori people to Revd Taylor during his travels. The dark one in the form of a dog-tooth is made of greenstone, and the others are of shark-tooth. All are decorated with red sealing-wax at the top, or perforated end.

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This beautifully worked and polished heitiki has an eye cut into the back with other secondary work suggesting that it was to be a double-sided pendant.
photographs by W. A. Taylor.