In this work, Parekowhai has combined a handmade replica of Marcel Duchamp’s Roue de bicyclette, first created in 1913, with a fibreglass seal. Duchamp’s ready-mades, assembled from ordinary manufactured objects, are among the most significant 20th-century artworks. Parekowhai’s remaking of Duchamp’s iconic sculpture by hand calls attention to the aesthetic and conceptual concerns underpinning different art histories. Māori customs valuing skill, adornment and innovation are contrasted with the emergence of the ready-made in modern art and the devaluation of the handmade thus implied. The inclusion of the seal refers to the late-19th-century seal hunt by European settlers, which decimated local seal populations, and is a possible analogy for early Indigenous/settler relationships.