Nguru Kohatu/ Nose flute made of soapstone

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Author/Artist: Brian Flintoff
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Description
Nguru kohatu. The Nguru is carved from soapstone which produces the sound quality of the hardest stone. This piece of stone was given to the artist by Onetahua marae and comes from a block used as a lubricant for the historic Cobb Valley power. Although shorter than a kouauau it has four finger holes and an increased range as well as the special sound created by an enclosed flute. The face at the open blown end of the flute represents the face of Taonga or Treasure. Its mouth is the opening and the eyes encircle this with the nose at the top.
Media/materials description
rock/soapstone
Measurements
0 - Whole = Length (mm) = 102mm
0 - Whole = Width (mm) = 42mm
0 - Whole = Height (mm) = 34mm
Accession number
NPM2005.126.17

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