Tōtara Kumete

Tōtara Kumete

Regular price
3,600 NZ
Sale price
3,600 NZ
Unit price

Ka ora ai te iwi

Kumete means food bowl. But the intricacy of this piece, carved from a recycled tōtara verandah post, has far more levels of complexity and depth of meaning than just a bowl, in the story it tells.

As a food bowl, a kumete symbolises plenty and abundance. Unlike any other you'll find, this kumete is shaped in the form of a poaka (pig), with its mouth as the pouring spout. This adds another level of symbolism - the richness and abundance of the meat.

On the joints of the pig are raperape, representing the energy and movement we have when we are well-fed in times of plenty.

This prestige piece from Tohunga Whakairo Michael Matchitt deserves pride of place - in a boardroom or reception area where its beauty and the skill of the work can be appreciated, and abundance can be invited.

73cm x 16cm x 17cm  2.4kg