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Flax pounder, New Zealand 
Australian Museum 
photographer: AM, Anthropology Dept - Logan Metcalfe
 
Summary:
E021114 - 29/8/1912, pounder, , , , New Zealand - Aotearoa, Pacific
Item Name:
pounder
Label:
A large robust flax pounder used to soften the flax fibers phormium tenax for the purpose of fine weaving in traditional Maori society. The patu muka was fashioned by men; as the task was extremely laborious in traditional times. The preferred media for such utilitarian objects was metasomatised argillite, basalt or greywacke which mineral deposits can be found throughout New Zealand. The concentric circles noticed at the terminal end are a typical design feature for most patu muka. Collected by Sir William Dixson in 1951, Dixon was a successful Sydney businessman and philanthropist. He had a long association with the Australian Museum, as a trustee from 1898 to 1925 and as president from 1918 to 1925. He was a major contributor of artifacts from Australia and the Pacific.
Country:
New Zealand - Aotearoa
Collection Area:
Pacific
Museum Department:
Anthropology
Registration Date:
29/08/1912
Registration Number:
E021114
Associated Stories:
DOMICILE
Images
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Flax pounder, New Zealand 
Australian Museum 
photographer: AM, Anthropology Dept - Logan Metcalfe
2:
Pounder, New Zealand - Aotearoa 
Australian Museum 
photographer: Ms. Emma Furno
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Pounder, New Zealand - Aotearoa 
Australian Museum 
photographer: Ms. Emma Furno
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Pounder, New Zealand - Aotearoa 
Australian Museum 
photographer: Ms. Emma Furno