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Very exclusive and unique are these mammoth ivory pendants created by Maori master carver Kerry Thompson. Thompson is one of New Zealand’s most renowned carvers.
His exceptional skills and distinct style speak of the utmost respect he has for the bone carving craft, his culture and his tribe. His work resembles both ancient traditional aspects as well as contemporary influences. (Click the photo to view these and other carvings.)
These masterpieces resemble (from left to right) the Maori orca, the torea, new life, and the matau.
The orca, as many sea creatures has …
Bone Carvings, Maori symbols »
The Maori fish hook is not only in demand among kayakers, boaters, surfers, and other watersports enthusiasts. Also those who are interested in indigenous cultures, especially in the Polynesian Maori culture, like myself value these carved pendants. The Maori fish hook necklace was often worn by Maori warriors during ceremonial dances and is a convincing expression of authority and power.
The spiritual and historical meaning of the Maori fish hook is appealing to many. Moreover, the level of craftsmanship expressed through these little works of art is …
Featured, Maori symbols »
Maori culture has historically been oral. This means they had no written language to pass on cultural heritage. As a result carvings and other art forms flourished as a means to pass on ancestry, major historic events, beliefs, legends, and other cultural elements. Even upon today the designs and their symbolism still tell the wonderful Maori tales. That’s why Maori symbols form such a substantial part of the national Maori identity and culture.
The elaborate artistic traditions of the Maori have in common that the large deal, if not all, make …