This handcrafted piece symbolises Aroha (love), with male and female figures embracing, demonstrating love and unity. Both figures have a moko (facial tattoo), Paua shell eyes and koru style carvings on their bodies. The sculpture also includes a large block of Pounamu connected to the Kauri carved figures, which allows the piece to sit upright and gives it a unique look and style.
The artist is Gary Holder, whose work is highly spiritual and cultural, and his artistic style has developed from the influences of carvers such as Rukupo, Pene Taihapa, John Taihapa and Paki Harrison.
Gary has used his perception of things Maori, and the abilities he has gained from his ancestors, to develop his unique gifts of designing, painting and carving to produce many varied works, both contemporary and traditional in Wood and Pounamu. He works with his two sons in their Henderson (Auckland) studio. His Whakapapa is Te Awhitu Te Awhitu: Rangatira of the Hauaroa Tribe, at Taumaranui on the Whanganui River.
Please be aware that size and weight will vary as the product is individually handcrafted.
- New Zealand Made
- Weight: 1120g