“This sculpture is based on the hand-to-hand combat weapon the Wahaika. The design is inspired by nature and modeled to capture the grace, beauty and power of the Sperm Whale that was so revered by our tīpuna (ancestors). It was the most highly regarded of all the whales because of its strong and solid jaw, which was used to make such weapons, and for their highly prized teeth. The design incorporates the pectoral fin, the shape of the fluke in the blade which is boarded by a row of subtly curved limbs reflecting movement through water, the peak on the nose refers to the blowhole, and the inclusion of a tooth demonstrates it is a Sperm Whale. Such mana (prestige) did the creature possess in the eyes of our tīpuna, that they referred to it as ‘tipua’, a creature beyond mortal power, and therefore were regarded as guardians of the ocean. The piece is carved in male and female effigy to reflect the harmonious balance of guardianship.”
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