Purerehua - Native Timber "Bull-roarer"

Sands Carving Studio


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This beautifully crafted Purerehua - Native Timber "Bull-roarer" was carved and crafted by Alex Sands using the native timber of Aotearoa. The handle and instrument are connected with a muka (tan) coloured wax cord.

Purerehua, also known as "Bull-roarer"  are made of bone, wood or stone. They are blade-like and swing on a long cord producing a loud, deep whirring sound that can be heard from a distance.

Maori uses varied from luring lizards, summoning rain and attracting a soul mate. In another tradition, several are played in unison at Tangis (funerals).

This piece was hand carved by Malcolm Cox