Of whakapapa and collaboration
Inspired by an earlier collaboration with Blacksmith Rob Pinkney, Michael Matchitt has for a number of years created a series of pātītī or trade axes. The axe form has an obvious appeal as a weapon and tool, with its inherent power.
The pātītī also tells a story of whakapapa through its surface patterning and through the concept of the trade axe - an item of significant value that was traded between Māori and the early European settlers.
When this piece is given as a gift, it takes on the whakapapa (history) of the recipient, and becomes a marker of power in their life journey.
29cm x 12.5cm x 1.5cm 430g