MATATŪ - Standing Firm
Guardian figures like this Koruru are believed 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, a traditional design steeped in Māori culture and an important symbol often found gracing their communal buildings. The artist describes the meaning and spirituality that informed him while carving MATATŪ in some detail and we will supply this description with the carving.
Briefly the meaning of the Koruru is 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, buffalo horn and pāua shell.
This is an outstanding piece of traditional carved art. It is bound with an adjustable cord and can be worn as a pendant. The quality of the carving and the traditional design are exceptional - MATATŪ is a collectible piece of art.
We provide this piece with a note from the artist to the holder of this carving.
Artist: Andrew Doughty
Material: Bone, Pounamu, Buffalo Horn and Pāua
Cord: Black; Length: Adjustable
Size: 122mm (4.8") long; 29mm (1.1") wide
Certificate of Authenticity - Registration: 300-365 (held by the Artist)