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.
The strength of this piece is in its reference to strength, prowess, and the ability to stand strong, protecting whānau, whakapapa, and whakaaro.
29cm x 12.5cm x 1.5cm 430g