Trumpet or Putatara - Small
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.
Note that it is difficult to be specific about the size and weight (and therefore the price) of the shell. The price given is for the smaller size shell. Please email us for the exact prices of those held in stock. Please note carvings can vary slightly depending on the carver.
Dimensions: 210mm x 130mm x 90mm