Medium Patu / Mere Inanga Pounamu
<28mm wide 11mm thick 88mm tall
adjustable 4-plait black waxed cord
Inanga Pounamu sourced from Arahura River, Te Tai o Poutini o Te Waipounamu West Coast of the South Island
The Patu / Mere design represents the war clubs used by Maori in battle. This symbol is said to bring strength and courage to the wearer and represents status and authority.
Maori have used the stone in rituals and as statements of rank and power.
Crafted by hand at the Oro Negro Carving Studio on Karangahape Road. We follow Māori Whakairo protocol in crafting taonga that honours the traditions of tangata whenua o Aotearoa. As Colombian carvers, our practice is also about connecting with our own Indigenous South American art forms.
Our Taonga is made to be worn daily. You can shower with it on. It is advised that during physical activity you take off your pounamu or wear it under your clothing. Pounamu will absorb your skin’s oils, so if your taonga is looking dry you can rub it against your skin. Alternatively, you can rub into the stone a tiny amount of natural oil such as coconut or olive oil for shine.