Story: Hōkakatanga – Māori sexualities

Papa hou depicting sexual poses (1st of 2)

Papa hou depicting sexual poses

This papa hou (carved box), held in the British Museum, is adorned with an array of male and female figures linked in sexual poses.

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British Museum
Reference: Oc1964,05.1a and b

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Clive Aspin, 'Hōkakatanga – Māori sexualities - Sexuality in Māori tradition', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 21 January 2022)

Story by Clive Aspin, published 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 22 Jan 2019