NB: All proceeds from this sale will be donated to the Kaiwhaiki Marae Fundraising project for maintenance and upgrade work.
Red pigment bottle. Grown and made by Elise Goodge. Made of gourd, wood, paua shell. (19.5cm high, 7cm wide) Traditional Maori pigments were sourced within the natural environment. Derived from clay, bark and fruits. Each pigment had to be sourced and hand made. These pigments were then used to dye fibres, adorn people both through body paint and tattoo and stain wood. The decoration on this gourd depicts the shark as shark oil was often mixed with clay to create pigment. It is also red to depict the colour of the pigment contained within. This gourd was decorated by carving the gourd and then painting with red dye.