Kāwai Wairua

Kāwai Wairua

Kāwai Wairua

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Size: 200mm x 135mm x 50mm

This design brings together two art forms found in a Māori Whare Whakairo (carved house): kowhaiwhai represent genealogy, and parata representing the qualities of a specific tipuna (ancestor). As such, this work can represent anyone significant to you

This design brings together two art forms found in a Māori Whare Whakairo (carved house): kowhaiwhai represent genealogy, and parata representing the qualities of a specific tipuna (ancestor). As such, this work can represent anyone significant to you.

This beautiful work is cast in ceramics from an original wood carving and fired with a range of colourful glazes. These forms explore the fusion of traditional whakairo (carving) and the potter’s kiln. The ceramics range is an affordable and contemporary way to have a piece of traditional art in your home, and their light weight and beautiful packaging makes them the perfect choice for sending overseas. Please note that as each piece is hand cast and wash-glazed, the markings will always have unique characteristics.

Surface Pattern

This work is an example of a full facial moko (tattoo). In both Pre-European times as well as today, moko are used to embellish facial features and are usually a sign of status and standing in one’s hapū (sub-tribe) and iwi (tribe). The lines and swirls represent aspects of one’s whakapapa (genealogical lines), character, and achievements.

Style

The style of this work draws on traditional elements of carving from the Te Arawa (Bay of Plenty) and East Coast regions of the North Island. These elements are exemplified in the shape of the head, and the positioning and shape of the facial features (eyes, nose, mouth). The design of this piece is achieved through the use of chisel and mallet only, not with power tools or sandpaper.

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