ka ora ai te iwi
This kumete (food bowl), intricately carved in tōtara, speaks to the importance of connections - building them and nurturing them. The two heads in wheku form support this symbolism - the joining of two (or more) bodies, groups, iwi, organisations.
A piece of this value obviously will find its purpose in remembrance of a significant joining occasion - a wedding or 50th anniversary, the amalgamation of two businesses or organisations, or a potential-filled and vital collaboration.
Likewise the surface-patterning supports the connection symbolism. A combination of pungawerewere and pākati, this piece would be appropriate for any regions of Aotearoa coming together. Those patterns speak to a binding together, to the continuation of whakapapa (along newly formed lines), and about how those connections will nurture and support the people.
57cm x 17cm x 12cm 2kg