This rustic handmade flax flower centrepiece is inspired by and named after New Zealand's native owl, the morepork or “ruru” in Te Reo (Maori).
Often heard echoing through the forest at dusk and throughout the night, the native morepork is known for its haunting, melancholic call.
This sound gives it the Māori name “ruru” - but to an un-tuned ear it also sounds a lot like it is calling out its English name “morepork”.
Morepork are speckled brown with yellow eyes set in a dark facial mask. They have a short tail. They have acute hearing and are sensitive to light. They can turn their head through 270 degrees.
In Māori tradition the morepork was seen as a watchful guardian. It belonged to the spirit world as it is a bird of the night.
Although the morepork’s call was thought by the Maori people to be a good sign, its high pitched, piercing ‘yelp’ call was thought to be an ominous forewarning of bad news or events.
This centrepiece would be ideal for an elegant table decoration in any home, or as a centrepiece in a café or restaurant setting.
Each morepork centrepiece is individually handmade from gorgeous earthy coloured flax and hapene. It is displayed in a unique vase made from a slice of New Zealand Mamaku Ponga (tree fern).
Stands approx 70cm high and is approx 30cm across.
Please note: The Fernwood vase this arrangement features is a natural New Zealand tree product. The vase may differ in pattern from the one pictured here - no two vases are identical.
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