Though the exact origins of this powerful piece
are uncertain, the rich, warm patina of the
surface is of a sort only acquired after centuries
of handling and use. The Maori culture place
great emphasis on the continuity of family, and
on veneration of ancestors, sometimes passing
sacred objects down through many generations.
The accumulated energy of human life seems to
radiate from this splendid piece. Its wisdom and
its secrets seem far older than memory.