PŪNGAO WHAIHUA - Useful Energy
PŪNGAO WHAIHUA is one of a series of toki that we commissioned from Andrew Doughty. These are beautifully carved, thoughtful pieces that capture concepts that are important to us. The materials used are beautiful and significant, for a multitude of reasons, in our corner of the world.
PŪNGAO WHAIHUA is a medium sized and beautifully carved traditional Adze/Toki. Carved for us by Andrew Doughty. This is a beautiful piece with a significant symbolism, particularly in this day and age. It recognises the importance of appropriate engagement of one's energy.
Tactile and a little sensual, PŪNGAO WHAIHUA was carved with a great deal of care and thought. Andrew describes the thinking that sits behind this particular design in some detail. We will supply this description with the carving.
Briefly it's meaning is as follows...
PŪNGAO WHAIHUA contains a kowhaiwhai pattern along both sides. This symbolises balance. With a balanced mind we can navigate our lives with calm and confidence.
There is a special inlay of brass and pāua in the middle of this taonga (treasure). This symbolises the pure nature of the deepest part of our innermost being. That which is true and indescribable. At another level, it symbolises union with this aspect of our nature.
On the back there is an engraving of the logo of NZPacific. This symbolises the meeting of the Mountains and the sea. In New Zealand we are fortunate to be close to these beautiful and mighty powers of nature. There are few places in the world where they both meet so closely together. In essence, it is a celebration of nature and love.
This Taonga has been registered in Andrew's database and comes with a Certificate of Authenticity.
A fantastic toki, meaningful, beautifully carved and deserving of a home for generations.
We provide this piece with a note from the artist to the holder of this carving.
Also included, on of our Kia Ora cards which explain a little behind the Toki design. This stunning Toki will come to you in one of our wooden boxes.
Artist: Andrew Doughty
Material: Bone with Pāua Shell insert
Cord: Dark Brown
Size: 80mm (3.1") long; 30mm (1.1") at widest point
Certificate of Authenticity - Registration: 100-414