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New Zealand

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Andrew Doughty is a New Zealand based Bone and Stone carver and artist. Each carving is handcrafted with love. His wish is to create carvings that communicate peace and hope.

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Taniwha - River of life

This bone carving is a guardian referred to as a Taniwha. There are many types of Taniwha. A Taniwha is a guardian of a specific location and usually associated with a body of water. They are similar to the Dragons of Celtic origin.  Taniwha are ferocious creatures or guardians, representing the life force (mauri) of a place in physical form. They were seen as a constant presence in waterways, ensuring that fish and other resources remain plentiful.

 
 

Taniwha - River of life



Taniwha are guardians of water. They bring good luck and protection from negativity.

This is a guardian referred to as a Taniwha. There are many types of Taniwha. A Taniwha is a guardian of a specific location and usually associated with a body of water. They are similar to the Dragons of Celtic origin.  Taniwha are ferocious creatures or guardians, representing the life force (mauri) of a place in physical form. They were seen as a constant presence in waterways, ensuring that fish and other resources remain plentiful.

The Taniwha is called 'River of Life'.  This represents the 'river' of help and good fortune (blessings) that we can receive from our kind Spiritual teachers. This is symbolised by the flow of Koru pervading the body of the Taniwha.


 

 

The koru symbol is common in New Zealand and is inspired by the unfurling of the new fern fronds. Meanings associated with this are new growth, new beginnings and awakening. 

They come with officially signed certificates of authenticity and have been registered with 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 family the deepest peace and happiness. 

Hei konā rā (goodbye)
Andrew Doughty

Database Reference:  000-30

Source: Te Ahukaramū Charles Royal, 'Te Ao Mārama – the natural world - Mana, tapu and mauri', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/te-ao-marama-the-natural-world/page-5 (accessed 25 November 2016)