“Te Whatu o Rā” (Eye of the Sun) is a precious water vessel sculpture. Created for prayer and blessing, including waka karakia (prayer before voyaging), and decorated with a pūngāwerewere (spider) theme. This beautiful taonga (treasure) is made from citrine casting crystal, and dimensions are 15 x 7 cm. Weight: 1 kg.

About the artist:

Fred Harrison is a prolific Māori artist, with tribal affiliations: Aitanga-A-Mate Ngāti-Porou, Ngā-Puhi. Fred is the youngest son of the late Dr Pakaariki Harrison (D.litt, QSO Tohunga Whakairo Master Carver). Creator of carved houses of the Māori people. His masterpieces include Whai Ora Marae, Tāne-Nui-a-Rangi, Ngā-Kete-Wānanga to name a few. He was one of the last great master carvers in Aotearoa, New Zealand. As his son, he was fortunate to learn the trade and participate in at least 5 carved houses and today he still maintains them. The people he would train and work with would borrow lessons learnt from all of them, they had drive, motivation, artistic flair, knowledge and the skill to match. Fred has worked in whakairo all his life, and is very proud of that. As a contemporary NZ artist, Fred works across mediums, although classically trained, he transposes to other materials as crystal, steel, silver, sound, stone.

Additional information

Weight 1 kg
Dimensions 15 × 7 cm


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