Spirit Wrestler Gallery (Vancouver, Canada)

Pare • Doorway


  • Medium: bone (cattle), pāua (New Zealand abalone), horn (goat), maire base (ironwood)
  • Size: 7.25 × 5.75 × 2 inches (incl. base)
  • Reference Code: K120701

“Miniature Pare or doorway lintel from whare whakairo (carved meeting house). Again the theme of this pare is Matariki central figure surrounded by her six daughters smaller faces. In a way an attempt to depict/acknowledge a spiritual/heavenly other worldly body in an earthly/physical form.”

Stacy Gordine

Stacy Gordine


Ngāti Porou

(1970- )

“I have been fortunate enough to have a supportive family and met many inspiring people in my life who have encouraged me to follow my talents and passion. My father, a woodcarver himself, imparted his knowledge of woodcraft plus provided a creative environment and stories of my great-uncles Pine and John Taiapa, who were Tohunga Whakairo. I have always respected and been inspired by the artistic achievements by indigenous artisans in Aotearoa and throughout the world.”