Swamp Kauri Tekoteko
Size (mm) : 130 W x 225 H
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.
Tekoteko is a carving that adorns the gable end of a Maori meeting house as a method of commemorating ancestors.