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Clay – a lesser known medium for Māori artefacts

By Louise Furey
pp. 39–49


Examples of shaped and re-hardened clay objects held in Auckland Museum archaeology collections are described and illustrated. Found in Māori occupation sites from the fourteenth to the eighteenth century, they are mainly from the Auckland area but not exclusively. Several are similar in shape, and have no known purpose or parallels in Māori material culture. They are an interesting use of a pliable natural material, modified deliberately in some instances by heating.

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