Hue, 1870-1885
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Hue, 1870-1885

Hollowed out Māori hues (gourd container) like this one were used as water vessels and food containers. The seeds of hue were brought from the Pacific Islands by tūpuna (ancestors) of Māori. When small, their spongy flesh was eaten. Larger ones were left to mature and were hollowed out, dried in the sun or by the fire, and made into containers or bowls.



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