Bone, Toroa, Albatross humerus; RI.0000.275


Bone, Toroa, Albatross humerus

About this object

A toroa (albatross) humerus bone. 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 320 mm x w 42 mm

Subject and Association Keywords


Subject and Association Keywords

Animals (fauna)

Object Type

taoka/taonga, animals

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