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This taonga in the shape of Roimata was carved from Kawakawa Pounamu from the Arahura valley on the West Coast of Te Wai Pounamu; also known as the South Island, by Dean Marjoribanks of Te Whānau-a-Apanui.
Roimata symbolise teardrops, referring to the weeping of Ranginui, the Sky father for his lover, Papatūānuku, the Earth mother following their separation in pūrākau (Māori oral traditions) that speak of Te Orokohanga o Te Ao Marama; the creation of the world of light. Ranginui’s tears fall to Papatūānuku in the form of ua or rain, to heal their connection and to create new life. Roimata have come to represent healing, rejuvenation, love, forgiveness, prosperity and positive energy.
This piece is carved from Kawakawa Pounamu, which is the strongest and darkest form of pounamu, it exhibits a strong energy while grounding its wearer. Kawakawa receives its name from the native pepper tree, Piper excelsum, which is also a fundamental source of rongoā Māori, or Māori medicine.