The master storyteller
This poupou, in Te Tai Tokerau sinuous form, illustrates the carver. A master in his art, an historian and storyteller. The role of the carver is to record histories - significant places and events - and to do so he must become expert in his skill.
The surface patterning on this piece is unaunahi - a moana or marine pattern - alluding to an East Coast narrative about the origins of carving resting with Tangaroa, the God of the Sea.
This exquisite piece could be used to memorialise or acknowledge a master of any skill or industry - from academia to leadership or contribution to community - for the mastery of the carver represents all of these.
81cm x 17cm x 6cm 3.4kg