A turuturu is a weaving peg, and this exquisite piece is made from pūriri sourced in Whaingaroa (Raglan). Traditionally, 4 weaving pegs would be used while weaving a korowai (cloak). Korowai were once held in the highest esteem - so much so there are stories of a single korowai being traded for a waka taua (a war canoe).
In this sense, the wealth of an iwi or hapū or whānau could be seen to rest in the hands of the weaver - the kairaranga. This piece would be a fitting acknowledgement for a skilled weaver, or perhaps someone who is a rangatira - a leader - and provides for the wellbeing of the whānau, hāpu, or iwi.
46cm x 42mm x 42mm 323g