In this computer age this artwork is all the more amazing. The technique and detail are incredible. And the composition timeless. - Gordon WALTERS - 1981 GORDON WALTERS Maheno 1981 Collection: Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1982
This is a meré, a hand axe that is primarily decorative, ceremonial, and used in haka and dance performances by Maori people in Aotearoa (New Zealand). Historically, it was a weapon. It is sometimes also crafted out of pounamu (jade).