Red Glass and Bone Kōauau - The Poi Room Ltd

Red Glass and Bone Kōauau

Mike Cameron


Red Glass and Bone Kōauau | Mike Cameron

This stunning piece features a red cast glass Kōauau with Manaia attached to a carved bone lashed and wax cord. The piece sits on a timber perspex base. 

Kōauau resembles flutes the world over both in tone quality in the range of sounds that can be produced by directing the breath across the sharp edge of the zipper aperture. Kōauau players were renowned for the power it gave them over the affections of women (notably illustrated bu the story of Tūtānekai, who, by playing his Kōuauau, convinced Hinemoa to swim to him across Lake Rotorua.

"Contemporary Koaua of Flute. Made using mixed media of bone, cast glass and fibre. I am born and bred in Whangarei, Northland and so have a strong connection to the Sea and forest. The glass element represents Tangaroa(God of the sea) whilst the Swamp Kauri or other wood represents Tane ( God of the Forest).

Once played, the breath of Mauri (life force) enters the Kōauau and makes it sing the sounds of Tawhirimatea (God of Wind), across Tangoroa and in the footsteps of Tane. This sound sends messages to our Tupuna (Ancestors) and realms beyond our own". - Mike Cameron


Dimensions (without frame)

Length - 150mm x Height - 50mm  x Width - 22mm

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