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Wheku

Wood Carving

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Earle Watene Kai Whakairo (Graduate Carver)
Ngāti Whātua
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$3,500 NZD

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580mm x 330mm x 110mm
2804UN
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In Māori carving there are three predominant designs for heads: the 'wheku' with its long eyes; the 'koruru' with its round eyes; and, the 'ruru', which also has round eyes but with a point at the top. The different designs were used by carvers to illustrate the character of the subject they were carving. The long eyes of the wheku were often used to depict a squint or frown.