Spirit Wrestler Gallery (Vancouver, Canada)

Tamu Tu—Warrior Stance


  • Medium: pounamu (New Zealand jade)
  • Size: 28 × 13 × 4.5 inches (incl. base)
  • Reference Code: KX50906

"The jade mere is very important in Māori society, so the mere was given an ancestral name to highlight its value to that family. It was passed from one generation to the next. Tamu Tu takes more of a human form so visually anyone can understand that genealogical link."

Lewis Tamihana Gardiner

Lewis Tamihana Gardiner


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.”