This piece is inspired by a design element within a carved wood panel that brother Manos, Eruera Nia and I worked on some years ago, and which hangs in our home….It references a specific feature of a carved “waka koiwi” (bone chest) that was one of several looted from burial caves by early pakeha (European) settlers … these taonga (treasures) are now held in various museums worldwide.
Te Roroa, Ngāti Whātua, Ngā Puhi
Alex worked in traditional materials such as bone, shell, stone and wood until the late 1980s when his brother, Manos, introduced him to Michael Kabotie, the Hopi silversmith. Now Alex works exclusively with silver as his primary material and uses traditional materials as highlights. Adapting and exploring traditional Māori designs within the silver medium, he incorporates traditional motifs in his uniquely constructed and carved silver pieces.
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