Commemorate a loved one
Commission a special Taonga and integrate the ashes of a dearly departed loved one into a bone carving.
According to protocol, appropriate rituals are conducted to enable me to mount the ashes in this way.
I also integrate various meanings that reflect the life and qualities of the person.
Such a Taonga is very personal and is a wonderful way to remember, commemorate and celebrate their life and connection with you.
Commission a special Taonga and integrate the ashes of a dearly departed loved one into a bone carving. Such a Taonga is very personal and is a wonderful way to remember, commemorate and celebrate their life and connection with you.
According to protocol, appropriate rituals are conducted to enable me to mount the ashes in this way. I also integrate various meanings that reflect the life and qualities of the person.
The Taonga above is an example showing both the front and back. Below is another example of an actual commission including the full meaning of the carving.
Prices vary depending on the specific design and other factors. Generally the average price for such a commission is between $500 to $1000. This includes identifying and listening to your needs and story, the completion of various rituals, design and production of the Taonga, a written explanation of the symbolism, presentation box and registration of the piece.
Aroha o Matapopore
Love, Protection, Whānau, Spiritual Journey
Ki te whaiao, ki Te Ao Mārama
The breath, the energy of life
To the dawnlight, to the world of light
This very special Taonga is named Aroha o Matapopore. Like all my work, this Taonga contains various meanings at different levels.
Matapopore means to watch over, careful of, cherish. It also means highly prized, highly valued, cherished, much loved, treasured, concern, attentiveness, guardianship, and care. So together with Aroha, it means to watch over with love. This is an appropriate name for a Taonga such as this.
The inner circle in the centre of the Taonga holds the ashes of your dearly departed one, Mahlon. These have been purified and blessed and are therefore suitable to be adorned within this Taonga.
At one level they symbolise the life essence of Mahlon, they also symbolise great reciprocal love. Love is the great protector. Hence being inside the protection circle.
The two koru in the middle are enveloping the circle, or heart of the Taonga. They are being ‘held’ by these two Koro. They also have several layers of meaning. They represent great protection and being surrounded by your love and warmth. Being Koru, they symbolise the unfolding of new life. The right-hand side of the koru is being griped and supported by the continuation of his lineage or bloodlines, the great love of his children and mokopuna.
Also, at the deepest level, this represents full enlightenment of Mahlon’s mental continuum. Ultimate union.
There is a Spiritual Guardian in the aspect of a Manaia which also represents the connection with mutton bird gathering. This Manaia has Stirling silver inlays for the eyes. This represents the ability to see what is precious in life. The Manaia sits upon a spiral pattern. It symbolises going deep within our heart and mind to awaken our full potentials.
A Manaia is a spiritual guardian and a symbol of good luck and spiritual protection. It forms the profile of a Tiki. This is symbolic of being half in this world and half in the spirit world. The Manaia can be adapted with other symbols and stylized to communicate different aspects, or meanings.
The large Koru at the top and bottom represent the saying as above, so below. They are symbolic of the unfolding of great wisdom within our heart. Through receiving blessings, we generate a pure mind. A pure mind give rise to a pure world.
Running up the left side of the Taonga is a flow of waves and ocean currents This is also reflected on the back side of the carving. As such, This Taonga has a strong connection to the sea. At another level is symbolises being able to navigate the currents of life successfully and to safely reach our ultimate destination.
There are six small inlays of Pāua on the front. These are the five senses and mental consciousness. They symbolise spiritual transformation and crossing the divide. By purifying our mind of all negativity, we can then realise our own true nature.
On the back of this taonga is two inlays. The top is a Pāua. If you look closely it looks like it has a pupil. This symbolises wisdom. The bottom is an inlay of Mother of Pearl. This symbolises great compassion. We need both wisdom and compassion to attain ultimate happiness.
The three notches within the engraving represent receiving blessings upon our body, speech and mind. They flow through our central channel giving rise to great bliss.
The carving has been registered in my database of work. I sincerely hope you enjoy the carving and over time come to fully understand all the various layers of meaning imbued in this creation. I wish you and your whānau the deepest peace and happiness.
Database Reference: 000-154