Papatuanuku is the Maori name for mother earth. There are three elements to this design. Starting at the bottom, mother earth is represented by the intertwined roots of a tree. Next is the Koru (fern) which represents growth and life. And, at the top is a Manaia (bird) form which represents guardianship and spirituality. The Manaia's sweeping neck morphs into a stylized hand which is connected to the Koru. Thus, the overall shape of this carving represents a spiritual guardian reaching down from the heavens to draw life from the earth.
This carving is made from especially rare "fossil" walrus ivory in that it is an overall blue-grey tone. The reverse side of the carving is the inner dentine of the walrus ivory and is a tapioca cream color. I estimate this material to be 4,000 to 5,000 years old.
Price: $ 1,295.00
*All carvings come with an adjustable black cloth cord, finished with bone bead sliders. In addition, each carving comes with a description card explaining its meaning.