Bone, Toroa, Albatross skull; RI.W2002.1374


Bone, Toroa, Albatross skull

About this object

A toroa (albatross) skull. The exact species is not known.

Torora are the largest of the seabirds, coming ashore only to breed, usually on remote islands. They are important to Māori; they appear in many pūrākau (legends, stories), are considered taoka/taonga species, and have been recognised as such under the Ngāi Tahu Claims Settlement Act 1998. They represent beauty and power; their feathers and bones were worn as symbols of these qualities. They were also a source of food for Māori. More information about albatrosses and their significance in Te Ao Māori is available here:

'Te Ara: Albatrosses'


l 280 mm x w 95 mm x d 75 mm

Subject and Association Keywords


Subject and Association Keywords

Animals (fauna)

Object Type

taoka/taonga, animals

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