Kauri gum is sometimes known as New Zealand amber, it is the fossilized tree sap of the Kauri tree which is the corner stone of the indigenous forests of the upper North Island.
Rei puta are chiefly taonga traditionally carved from the teeth of Tohorā (whale). Rei niho carved from pounamu maintains the beauty of the traditional form, symbolising the intimate connection between Maori and Tohorā.
This piece measures at 64 x 37 x 11mm
Carved by Conrad Henderson
What you have here is the fossilized resin of the Kauri Tree, a rare piece of history from Kauri Trees long gone.
It’s an amber not a stone so:
A soft cloth can be used as a buffer (Using sideways, not circular motions) to maintain the gum’s original shine.
Treat your piece as a precious gem and it will last forever.
Written by Conrad Henderson (Kauri Piece Artist) - 0275692654