Pūtōrino are the embodiment of Hine Raukatauri (Goddess of music). Pūtōrino produces both a male and female voice, with a third spirit voice found between them. The tangi (cry) of the Pūtōrino are unique to the indigenous Iwi of Aotearoa.
This piece was carved from Black Maire wood and inlayed with paua. It features a wheku carving that personifies the Pūtōrino. By rotating it, you can see four faces that look to the ngahau e fa (four winds).
It measures 265 x 30 mm and sits on an onewa and brass stand. It was hand-carved by Alex Sands.