fabulous pictures: KahuroaKahungunu - Kahungunu was the ancestor of the Māori tribe Ngāti Kahungunu, and is seen here holding a hoe and a canoe paddle. This shows his abilities as a navigator. The carving is part of the canoe house on Treaty grounds, Waitangi. Incorporating an ancestor into the dwelling is a common architectural feature of the canoe and meeting houses.
A RARE MAORI TAIAHA 18TH/19TH CENTURY Of one piece of hardwood, comprising long flat blade (ate) widening towards the tip, and carved head (upoko) with short carved tongue (arero) 60½in (153.7cm) overall
Pounamu (New Zealand Jade) Maori Toki by master artist Tyson Lynes. The toki is the blade of and adze with which the great war canoes were carved from giant trees so is said to represent a crafts person or artist. www.boneart.co.nz
The Taiaha is a traditional close combat, hand held Maori Weapon carved in the form of an ancestor. In Maori Weapons the tongue represents oratory skills, the eyes to keep alert, and the feathers adorn the head to distract opponents. The Taiaha is a very special Maori Carving and a treasure that is passed down from generation to generation.