Swamp Kauri Full Moko Mask on a Base.
Size (mm) : 130 W x 225 H
Made from 40000 year old genuine swamp kauri wood.
Swamp kauri, sometimes marketed as "ancient kauri", are prehistoric kauri trees (Agathis australis), buried and preserved in peat up to 50,000 years ago in New Zealand's North Island. Buried under a peat swamp by an unexplained act of nature at the end of the last Ice Age, the trees have survived the centuries underground, sealed in a chemically balanced environment that has preserved the timber in almost perfect condition.
The moko, is the traditional permanent marking of the body and face by Maori. An outward expression of commitment and respect.