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Mother of Pearl
|Dimensions||2.5 x 1.5 "|
Kerry Thompson is a master of traditional wearable art. He is one of New Zealand's best known and most skilled carvers with an unmistakable style that speaks of the deep respect he has for his craft, his culture and his tribe. His roots are in the far north of the North Island where he lives with his family and has his studio.
He is heavily involved in promoting Maori culture in general and art in particular, worldwide, and is a very sought after artist. He exhibits in galleries all over Europe, the Americas and the Middle East. He also regularly leads cultural delegations travelling the world to raise the profile of indigenous peoples.
Kerry is the ultimate master of his craft, working in wood, bone, jade and metal, often combining all of these materials into stunning works of art that are unequalled anywhere.
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Hei-Matau represents prosperity, abundance and fertility. The wearer of a Hei-Matau is seen as a provider and protector who is strong willed and determined to succeed in life. They are worn to protect travelers over water, and are also symbols of power and authority which are held in great reverence by the Maori people. They were used practically as a tool for fishing and often decorated as a sign of respect for sea creatures.
The Koru's closed outer circle represents the circle of life which has no beginning or end, is seamless and of which we are all a part. It also tells of the stars and plants which are part of the circle of life and contain knowledge of our origins. For the artist, it represents the relationship or oneness between himself and his craft, bringing together head, hand and heart.
The spiral of a Koru, which is the fern frond as it opens, brings new life and purity to the world. It also represents peace, tranquility and spirituality along with a strong sense of re-growth or new beginnings. The Koru is often associated with nurturing so is frequently used to represent strength and purity of a loving relationship within a family.
The intertwining of these elements represent oneness within the natural world where spirituality, strength, beauty, old and new life all blend into one unifying force.