Wednesday, August 18, 2010

It's A Putatara...

Damian Finn is a very fine Artisan and Poet. He made this Putatara. He also makes wonderful knives and walking sticks.
A Putatara is a Maori Shell Trumpet.
This beautiful trumpet is a Taonga which means it's a treasure or heirloom.
It is used as a welcoming or a warring signal.
Abel Tasman, in 1642, mistakenly took the sound of this instrument to be a welcoming one when he arrived at Murderers Bay, an inlet in Golden Bay at the top of the South Island of New Zealand.
Silly man. He lost a few crew that day.
If there are any collectors interested in purchasing this fine piece or knowing more of Damian's work, just contact TFT for details...
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