Trumpet or Putatara - Long

Memories

$470.00 NZD 

The Putatara is a Conch shell trumpet. These instruments were used for signalling and a variety of ceremonial uses.

The Putatara is a Conch shell trumpet. These instruments were used for signalling and a variety of ceremonial uses.
Maori legend has it that when Tane descended from the heavens carrying the 3 baskets of knowledge gifted from his father Rangi, he left behind a Putatara as a koha (gift).
The two main components are shell and wood. The shell represents Tangaroa (God of the ocean) and the wood, Tane Mahuta (God of the forest).
Putatara form an important part of Maori practises and beliefs.

Please note carvings can vary slightly depending on the carver.

Dimensions: 300 - 350mm x 150 - 180mm x 100mm (Shell) - 400mm x 150mm (stand)

For a small Putatara please see our other listing