Patu Paraoa (Whalebone club) were highly prized objects which were often owned by tribal chiefs or celebrated warriors. Many were given the name of a cherished tipuna (ancestor) and handed down from generation to generation. This Patu by Kipa includes all of the iconography seen on a traditional patu of this type but also incorporates a number of contemporary variations. In place of paua commonly used as an insert in the eyes of the manaia (bird) forms Kipa has placed corian(TM). He has also reworked many traditional carving patterns bringing the piece into the 21st Century.
Title: Whalebone – Patu
Description: Hand-carved whalebone Patu with corian(TM) inlay.