Hand carved from rare īnanga raukaraka pounamu, about 35cm in length 14mm thick and 10cm wide.
This mere has been polished by Samuel Potter and carved by Alex Sands, this stone was from an older collection of pounamu which Ian Boustridge owned.
Mere pounamu were highly-prized taonga (heirlooms) handed down from one generation to the next. To possess a mere signified the status and mana (authority) of those who would wield it. Historically, mere were often used in ceremony or on occasion as a gift to settle grievances.
This piece was hand carved by Alex Sands