NEW ZEALAND MAORI NECKLACE Traditional and Contemporary Designs "WORN BY WARRIORS"
HEI TIKI KOTIATE
Introducing the Tiki Kotiate - This carved bone Maori warrior figure is based on a Poupou and measures 77mm wide and 40mm high. Expertly hand carved, the figure is intricately engraved and features paua shell inlays for the eyes. The figure is depicted in a warrior pose, with its tongue out, representing strength and determination. It is also holding a Maori weapon called a Kotiate, making this a powerful piece.
A Poupou, also known as a carved ancestral figure, is a traditional Maori artwork that is highly prized for its cultural significance and symbolism. Poupou are often found in marae (meeting houses) and are used to represent cultural heroes. The figures are usually carved from wood and are highly decorative, with intricate designs and patterns that are symbolic of the person or event being represented. Poupou are an important part of Maori culture and are used to tell stories, preserve history, and honor the ancestors. They are also believed to have spiritual and protective powers, and are often treated with great respect and reverence.
A Kotiate is a traditional Maori weapon that is made from bone or wood and is shaped like a short club. It is believed to have originated in pre-European times and was used in close combat. The Kotiate is highly prized for its cultural significance and is often depicted in Maori art and carvings. In Maori culture, the Kotiate is seen as a symbol of strength and determination, and is often associated with warrior figures. It is also believed to have spiritual and protective powers and is often treated with great respect and reverence. Today, the Kotiate is often used in cultural performances and ceremonies and is an important part of Maori cultural traditions.
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