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Hi Janel, 

In Maori mythology, Taniwha are beings that inhabit deep pools in rivers, oceans, lakes and dark caves. Known to inhabit dangerous places. This carving represents overcoming these dark places and having the strength to talk about it.

A double tounge is a sign of a good orator and koru (spirals) represent new beginnings. The back is to gather the inner strength of the soul and the front is to show it.






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Hi Daz,

Thank you for the explanation for the symbolism in the piece.  Knowing these things make it quite meaningful.  

I am sorry that I was so late to reply ... even in isolation, life is busy.  (and I have not much sense of calendar time, though that is changing)

Be well and stay happily busy,


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