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...
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
It's A Putatara...
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