A Maori carved pounamu boulder

Estimate: $800 - $1,500

Lot Description

A Maori carved pounamu boulder, Taranga (Mother-of-Maui), the stylised figure with fish tail embracing a female. According to Maori mythology when Maui was born prematurely Taranga (his mother) wrapped his body in her hair and threw into him into the waves. Some sea creatures cared for him hiding him in kelp until a storm sent him back to the beach. Good dark green tone with mid-green inclusions, the back of mildly curved form being the original boulder surface. H.325mm. Approx. 12.3kgs.