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This piece is named TŪHANA WHAKAMARU - river-crossing protection

TŪHANA WHAKAMARU is a medium sized and beautifully carved traditional Adze/Toki. A piece which we believe will become a part of someone's family history.

This is a beautiful piece, carved in bone with a great deal of care and thought. Andrew describes it in some detail and we will supply this description with the carving. Briefly Andrew describes its meaning is as follows...

'This Toki contains a pattern that contains three sets of Koru running up the middle of the carving. This represents the river of life and the current of time. Always moving forward. Either side of this is a slightly deeper engraving that shows the continuum of our mind. Crossing the abyss. Hence I have named it Tūhana Whakamaru'.

On the back is an inlay of pāua. This symbolises our innermost nature that is pure and indestructible.

This is a particularly relevant piece for New Zealand of old - the crossing of rivers, particularly in the winter months, was a perilous undertaking. Protection for those moving from place to place was important for survival, so TŪHANA WHAKAMARU is a piece with traditional significance.

We provide this piece with a note from the artist to the holder of this carving.

Artist: Andrew Doughty

Material: Bone with Pāua shell inlay on the back

Cord: Dark Brown

Length: Adjustable

Size: 80mm (3.1") long; 26mm (1") wide

Certificate of Authenticity - Registration: 100-395 (held by the Artist)

$460.00 NZD
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