Purerehua - Native Timber "Bull-roarer"

Sands Carving Studio


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).

It measures 27 x 5 x 7cm. The handle and instrument are connected with a muka (tan) coloured wax cord.

This piece was carved by Stanley Hohepa