Tohora (Whale), Ranginui (The Sky Father), Papatuanuku (Mother Earth)
This beautiful piece is carved from a whale's tooth and pulls together the story's of Ranginui and Papatuannuku God's.
When you look on the side of the taonga, you can see a bird-like face and beak.
Whalebone is of deep spiritual essence in the Maori culture. Whales are considered a taonga species, and represent abundance, richness and were regarded as chiefly animals. Early Maori welcomed stranded whales as a gift from Tangaroa (God of the sea).
Paua is believed to strengthen the body and the heart of the wearer. With a stronger heart and body, the person is thought to be able to communicate their feelings more clearly. The Maori believe the Paua will bring connectivity and harmony to relationships. The way the colours of the shell shift in the light is also a symbol of change and transition in our Maori culture.
Artist Paora Martin Whakapapa.
Ko Tainui te waka
Ko Tainui Taku iwi
Ko Ngati Whawhakia taku hapu
Ko Taupiri te maunga
Ko Te Ohaki te puia Marae
Free of charge within New Zealand.
Whalebone is New Zealand Taonga and must be worn or carried out of the country. It cannot be couriered overseas or put in luggage as the border control will confiscate it