Medium: kauri, painted MDF base. Size: 22.75 x 6.25 x 10.5 inches. Uncatalogued A New Zealand endemic, the Karearea is a powerful, swift, medium-sized bird of prey with long-fingered wings, a long tail, a short hooked bill and long sharp talons. Primarily a bird of the forest and bush, loss of habitat by human encroachment has severely reduced its range and driven it out of settled areas into more remote regions.
The sub-Saharan wattled crane is a symbol of longevity, in part because it’s believed to mate for life, beginning with the graceful courtship dance that is the inspiration for this hand-carved soapstone sculpture.