Inanga Pounamu Niho Taniwha
This pounamu Niho Taniwha is a pounamu tooth of the taniwha. Taniwha are supernatural creatures that live in the watery depths of rivers, seas, lakes and caves around Aotearoa. They take various shapes from dragons and serpents to sharks or logs of wood.
Taniwha can be both kaitiaki of a place or person or dangerous beings. But when treated with the appropriate respect taniwha usually act kindly toward humans.
Most iwi have their own taniwha. Many taniwha came to Aotearoa as guardians of the different ancestral waka and stayed on to be kaitiaki over the descendants of the original crew. As kaitiaki Taniwha might warn of an enemies approach or save someone from drowning.
Taniwha play a vital role in maintaining the balance of day to day life as they ensure that people respect the restrictions imposed by tapu. They also make certain that any violations are punished.
Poutini was a taniwha who protected both the people and the mauri of pounamu. And Tim himself was led to his first pounamu (and subsequent others) when a pounamu taniwha appeared to him in a dream. Read more on that beautiful story here.
The pounamu Taniwha Niho symbolises strength and guardianship, as that of the Taniwha. It also symbolises iwi and community as the taniwha work to protect both.
Tim carved this stunning Taniwha Niho in silvery inanga with a cream rind giving it a powerful visual appearance. The Inanga pounamu flickers and moves with chatoyancy as it catches the light. The notches on the side symbolise your whakapapa line.
- Carved in Inanga pounamu gathered by Tim from Te Tau Ihu awa.
- Length 60mm x 50mm widest point.
- A one-of-a-kind taonga by Timoti.
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