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A Maori Karetao Puppet


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A traditional Maori puppet. The originals are invariably made in wood, but I like bone. In fact, this is two pieces attached together (plus the arms).

They were use in storytelling, one hand holding the handle, the other operating the arms.




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Hi Yuri,


I enjoy seeing the images and learning that the figures are used as story-telling aids. What are the dimensions of the carving?


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Enough of that talk. I am happy to see your new piece. I think that I see a small bit of your finger, so I think that this is a fairly large piece. What bone was used, and what staining did you do?



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Yes, this is a working real piece, not a model. Though on the small side, really. The originals tend to be somewhat larger.

It was made from two pieces of horse metatarsus, joined together. , rather, the figure is, the handle is think a cow bone piece. The stain is the sugar stain proposed on this forum a while ago. Woks really well.

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