“Son…! Son, where are you?
Your grandfather, God of the sea,
punished you for sure!
Son…! Son, where have you been?
In this deep sea village,
has turned you into wood!”
ALMA DE LUCE celebrates the nature and the life through the art of sculpting wood from the Maori - Whakairo culture, and presents this elegante sideboard.
According to an East Coast legend, the art of carving was discovered by Ruatepupuke, the grandson of the sea god Tangaroa. Ruatepupuke’s own grandson had an insatiable appetite for kai moana (seafood) and to meet his demands, Ruatepupuke fashioned a stone into an exquisite fishing lure which he named Te Whatukura-o-Tangaroa (the sacred stone of Tangaroa).
Tangaroa, however, was offended that his name had been used without permission and sought revenge. When Ruatepupuke’s son, Manuruhi, tried the prized lure he caught a massive haul but did not observe the custom of offering the first fish back to Tangaroa, further aggravating the sea god. Tangaroa decided to punish his great-grandson by pulling him down to the depths of the ocean, where Manuruhi was transformed into a birdlike tekoteko (carved figure) on the top of Tangaroa’s house, Hui-te-ana-nui.