Ira - The Life Force

Ira - The Life Force


About This Item: In Māori cosmogony all of creation contains the two elements of Ira (the life force). Known as Ira Atua (spirit) and Ira Tangata (physical). By keeping these in balance, harmony is created and maintained. The design on the reverse uses koru shapes to show that balance leads to strong positive growth.

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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