Contemporary Matau Koru: Deer Coronets

The fishhook is one of the most prevalent symbols used in Maori carving. It is a talisman for strength, determination, and prosperity. It is also a good symbol for anyone who has an affinity with water. Fishhooks are often given as a sign of friendship and respect, or when someone is embarking on a journey. This design also incorporates two korus (ferns) in the negative space of the carving. The korus add the element of spiritual growth, as well as relationship and connection. This design is my interpretation of a traditional form with a more modern flow. This contemporary design explores a slightly different flow with how curves are combined with the texture of the material adding a very unique dimension to the carving. This particular crown has a richly textured surface that creates a very unusual flow to the carving.

This carving is from a deer button or coronet, the material is collected when the antlers are naturally shed. The Red deer buttons that I am using are collected from Te Wai Pounamu (the South Island).


Material: Deer Coronet (Button)
Type:  One-of-a-kind
Size:  2.75 inches tall

Price: $ 295.00

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