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KORURU: face of guardian

We are absolutely delighted to have this outstanding piece available. KORURU is a large and beautifully carved traditional piece of jewellery. 

The jade used for this carving is New Zealand Kawakawa pounamu. This Koruru is a Guardian figure. These are believed to to provide guidance and support and assist in achieving a more fulfilled and happier life. They are often seen carved in wood and sit in the gable of a Meeting House. The face traditionally would represent the head of an ancestor of that house, so they have a significant history in Māori culture.

This is a beautiful piece, carved with a great deal of care and thought. The artist describes it's meaning as follows...

The markings on the Koruru tell a story:

  • the pattern on the forehead symbolises the opening of our wisdom eye - this is believed to improve clarity of vision 
  • the pāua eyes symbolise seeing the colours of life and the circles carved around the eyes represent protection of this vision.
  • the markings on the cheeks depict the means to receive blessings that empower the mind
  • the protruding tongue has subtle markings that represent the purity of speech - oral wisdom and speech that creates a joyful and meaningful life. These markings also symbolise the twists and turns that every life faces
  • on the back there are two interconnected koru which signify groundedness, agility and strength.

The materials used are a blend of New Zealand Pounamu (Jade), Bone, Brass and Pāua Shell.

Artist: Andrew Doughty

Material: Bone, Pounamu, Brass and Pāua

Cord Colour: Black

Cord Length: Adjustable

Size: 135mm (5.3") long; 28mm (1.1") wide

Certificate of Authenticity - Registration: 100-456 (held by the Artist)

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