|Carved wooden Wheku, beautiful patterns, with Paua inlay eyes. Wood Carving handcarved and made from Totara, swampfallen native timber of New Zealand.
Wheku is the traditional Maori carving of the head and often symbolizes an ancestor or a Maori god or a Maori mythical figure.
This Wheku represents the Kaitiaki (Guardian) Ruaumoko, Guardian of volcanoes and geothermal activity.
The patterns covering him are called Haehae (parallel grooves) and Pakati (dog tooth pattern).
It represents the various Maunga (Active Mountains around the globe). Size Wheku plus base : 390mm high x 200mm wide x 195mm deep. Size Wheku separate from base: 360mm x 200mm. Size base 195mm x 190mm, 55 mm high.