This wharepuni (sleeping house), in a Northland community, was painted by Augustus Earle in 1827. Although so low to the ground that the door must be entered on all fours, the building has been ornamented with a tekoteko (carved figure) above the entrance and an elaborate door frame, indicating that the occupants are of chiefly status.
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National Library of Australia, Rex Nan Kivell Collection
Artwork by Augustus Earle
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