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OKO WAIRUA - to hear spirit
We are absolutely delighted to have this outstanding piece available. OKO WAIRUA is a large and beautifully carved piece of jewellery, parts very traditional, and with some wonderful personal touches from the artist.
The jade used for this carving is New Zealand Douglas Creek pounamu which is a strong, dark stone and contains a balance of translucency and opacity. This symbolises strength of the great protector. If you shine light through this pounamu you can see the wonderful translucence of this stone.
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 deepest meanings in a note to the holder of this taonga.
The body of this piece is carved from New Zealand Douglas Creek Pounamu, Jade. The eyes are Pāua Shell. The front eye has a Brass pupil, the back contains a pupil of Mother of Pearl. Every detail is thought through and carved with meaning to the artist. These eyes symbolise the wisdom of discernment.
Artist: Andrew Doughty
Material: New Zealand Douglas Creek Pounamu, Pāua, Mother of Pearl and Brass
Cord Colour: Black
Cord Length: Adjustable
Size: 84mm (3.3") long; 47mm (1.8") wide
Certificate of Authenticity - Registration: 200-400 (held by the Artist)