Spirit Wrestler Gallery (Vancouver, Canada)
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Poroka Taketake • Ancient Indigenous Frog

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  • Medium: pounamu (New Zealand jade), pāua (New Zealand abalone)
  • Size: 7 × 6 × 2 inches (incl. base)
  • Reference Code: KX100903

“The frog is not used in Māori carving but is prominent in Northwest Coast design. It is my way of not only paying homage to our friends up north but also to the frog itself. In Aotearoa, we have three ancient species of frog found nowhere else in the world. These frogs have been here for a long time and the frog mask recognizes their whakapapa (genealogy) to the land.”

Lewis Gardiner

Lewis Tamihana Gardiner

Lewis Tamihana Gardiner

Māori

Te Arawa, Ngāti Awa, Whanau a Apanui, Ngāi Tahu

(1972- )

Lewis Gardiner is regarded as one of the most innovative and respected Māori jade artists of his generation. In 1994, he graduated in Māori Craft and Design at the Waiariki Institute of Technology in Rotorua. During his final year he was introduced to the valuable medium of pounamu (jade) and was immediately attracted to its artistic possibilities. Māori had always valued pounamu for both its hardness and for its translucent beauty. Lewis was no different — as he says, “Our tupuna (ancestors) have given us, the Māori people, the resource and knowledge base to provide a reference for us and our children for years to come.”