Spirit Wrestler Gallery (Vancouver, Canada)

Wisdom Mask


  • Medium: whalebone
  • Size: 17.75 × 8.75 × 1.5 inches (framed)
  • Reference Code: KX40303

An abstract mask symbolizes a chief with the wisdom of guidance. The stylized eagle / bird form on the forehead represents far-sightedness and the ability to discern possibilities for the future.

Kerry Kapua Thompson

Kerry Kapua Thompson


Ngāti Paoa

(1967- )

Kerry has been carving for twenty-two years in many materials and is possibly the leading artist working in bone. Although he attended a diploma course in Māori design at Waiariki Polytechnic in Rotorua and learned from Hepi Maxwell, Rex Christianson and other artists working in the same materials, his style of carving and two-tone staining process are uniquely his own.