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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.

Arotahi Toa – Warrior focus

Bone and Pounamu Carvings for Sale

I have a number of carvings available for sale online. The pictures include both front, back and sometimes other angles as well.

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Arotahi Toa – Warrior focus

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Arotahi Toa – Warrior focus


Dear friend, Kia Ora

This Koruru (face of the guardian) is named Arotahi Toa. Toa means Warrior, or to be brave, bold, victorious, experienced, accomplished, adept, competent, skilful, capable. Arotahi means focus, concentration on. Therefore, the name indicates a warrior with strong concentration and focus.

It is a mixture of Pounamu and Bone. I have gone for a semi-matt finish on the Pounamu which contrasts nicely with the bone. It is Kawakawa Pounamu which is the strongest and darkest of the stones and contains some black flecks that bring a noticeable character. It's named after the native Kawakawa plant which was traditionally used for its culinary and medicinal properties. This symbolises strength of the spiritual warrior.

The markings on the Koruru tell a story. Within the forehead is a bridge over the third eye region. This symbolises bridging the gap between here and the spiritual realms. The patterns on the nose rise to meet the downward arrow. This depicts the secret methods to receive blessings that empower our mind.  Above and either side of the eyes are wave like korus supported by 14 small markings (seven either side). These symbolise the interconnections of our being to the wider universe. The reflections of out mind.

The markings under the eyes symbolise the characteristic of effort. With effort we can achieve anything.

Inside the mouth are subtle markings that symbolise pure speech. By this I mean hearing beautiful sounds, superior instructions, oral wisdom, and speech that creates a joyful and meaningful life.

The back contains a symbolic depiction of a cascading waterfall. Along with the copper inlay between the Pounamu and bone, it depicts the conducting, channelling and creation of great power.

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The carving comes with a plaited cord which features a fully adjustable slip knot system to enable to a perfect fit around any size neck. It also comes with an officially signed certificate of authenticity and 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 family the deepest peace and happiness. 

Andrew Doughty
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