How are bone carvings made? Why are bone carvings often referred to as Taonga (treasure)? Why in New Zealand is it traditional to bless a carving before it is worn?
Within this blog space, I will explore these questions and endeavour to illustrate how they are created.
I hope readers will gain a deeper appreciation of the art form and understand what transforms a carving from being an ordinary commercially produced trinket, into a special treasure that holds power to bless our heart and mind.
Over time, I aim to create and build up a useful resource for others wishing to explore this craft.
The spiritual elements of bone carving are deeply personal to each carver. Some of the esoteric aspects of this craft are not easily articulated or readily shared. Indeed, some facets will remain in the hidden realm of secrets and as such, are not appropriate to be discussed in this blog. To learn of these things, individuals need to embark on their own spiritual journey and receive appropriate teachings and initiations that qualify them to understand more deeply the spiritual dimension underpinning their artistic expression.
I certainly do not claim to be a master of, or even an authority relating to such matters, and in respect to bone carving. Please also note that I am not claiming my view is any more correct, or better, than anyone else’s. I offer respect to all the various views and perspectives people offer and wish for all beings to attain ultimate peace and happiness.
So, with what little I do know, I share with you with the hope that you will get a glimpse, or sense, of something bigger and more magical existing behind what our ordinary appearances perceive.
Because of this, I think you will better understand the magic that exists within each Taonga. Identify the characteristics that make good quality carvings, appreciate their value more, and the mahi, effort, or work, that goes into each creation.
You will also develop an eye for excellence and learn how to pick a carving that is best suited for yourself, or for various individuals you may be gifting them to.
Watch this space over the coming weeks and months as I endeavor to explore these questions and more.
Something interesting thing to ponder…
On another random note...
Archaeologists have discovered a raven bone that they believe was decoratively carved by Neanderthals some 40,000 years ago.