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.
Whakaruruhau are breastplates or shield adornments that represent strength and leadership. They are a taonga of personal protection that share their beauty to the Te Ao Tūroa (outer world).
This piece measures at 43 x 68 x 12mm
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
This piece was hand carved by Conrad Henderson