This is hand carved koruru (face) is carved from kauri wood by Thomas Hansen. It features female facial moko (Māori tattoo) design.
Tā moko is traditional Māori tattooing. Each moko is unique to that person and tells the story of their whanau (family), tribal affiliations, genealogy, knowledge and social standing.
Art has been a constant theme throughout Thomas’s life. He completed his first carving at 8 years of age, with some chisels given to him by his grandmother. And later received his first formal training in the art of Māori carving under the guidance of Dennis Conway, head carver and tutor at Ōrākei Marae, Auckland. After settling in a small town in Tauranga, he has continued with carving, studying under various carvers and researching different styles.
Size: 14 x 9.5 x 5cm
Made in New Zealand