Swamp Kauri Door Lintel
Size (mm) : 660 L x 230 H
This carving is made from 40000 year old genuine swamp kauri wood and depicts a traditional Maori door lintel. These carvings are mounted above a doorway to prevent evil spirits from entering. The lintel (pare) above the doorway is considered one of the most important carvings.
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.