Hau Ora, Spirit of Life

Hau Ora, Spirit of Life


About this Item: The simple often belies a bewildering complexity. So it is for this carving, for it depicts the essential elements of all creation. The physical “half” or Ira Tangata, is represented by the carving itself. The balancing Spirtual “half” or Ira Atua, is depicted by the cut out, which is the essence of the design. This is also found in the smooth and textured design areas.

About Abstract Designs: Many of these designs are based on traditional kowhaiwhai painting where the white story lines balance the dark areas between. Here the cut out spirit shapes balance the physical bone or stone and / or, the smooth areas balance the textured. A special aspect of the cut outs is that when worn, the viewers see the person behind the carving who thus becomes a part of the carving’s spirit

Protocol: Traditionally these treasures are given personal names and you are invited to continue that tradition.

Material: Bone. All the bone for these carvings are from farmed animals and are not therefore restricted by CITES conventions for border restrictions if travelling. The cords are of adjustable length for convenience.

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