Kerry Thompson - Whale Bone Stern Post Framed
Artist / Carver: Kerry Thompson
Material: hand carved out of whale bone, glass framed.
Dimension of Frame: H 570mm x L350mm
Story of the product:
The Stern Post ( Taurapa) is the upright structural member of a Maori Waka Taua ( War Canoe). The Waka Taua was used only for war. The waka itself was highly tapu( sacred), no woman or food were allowed in the cannoe. Behaviour in and around the canoe was highly ritualised, a breach of which could result in death. The Prow, Stern and Side Panels were ornately carved, reflecting the style of the particular tribe.
As a whole the waka starts with the creation story at the taiuhu ( Prow) extends along the rauawa ( Side Panels) depicting the turbulent struggle between spirit and mortal worlds and culminates at the taurapa ( Stern) showing mans relationship with life and death.
The Stern is decorated with spirals and manaia depicting the conflict of the spirit world and the world of light or man.
- From N to Z