Hei Patu/Mere Large Inanga Kokopu Pounamu New Zealand Greenstone Pendant
This large Patu/Mere has been crafted by hand in our Oro Negro Studio onKarangahape Road out of New Zealand Inanga Kokopu Pounamu stone from the West Coast of the South Island. This piece has been finished off with an adjustable 4-plaited black waxed cord.
108 mm (long) x 28 mm (wide) x 12 mm (thick)
As each piece is handmade, everyone will vary from the last, with varying textures, marks and stone colours. We have carved two very similar pieces in stock
The Patu / Mere design represents the war clubs used by Maori in battle.This symbol is said to bring strength and courage for the wearer and represents status and authority.
Maori have used the stone in rituals and as statements of rank and power. It protects us when traveling abroad, and is noted for having healing powers.
Our stones are sourced from the Arahura River on the West Coast of the South Island. All of our pieces are carved by hand and finished off using the traditional method of sanding by hand with a sandstone stick. We follow the Maori Whakairo protocols closely and we strive to craft Taonga that honour the traditions of the Tangata Whenua of Aotearoa and that make an homage to our own Tangata Whenua of Colombia who were also fine artisans and craftsmen.
Our Taonga & jewellery is made of high-quality metals and stones, that are made to be worn daily however they can still be damaged through contact with harsh chemicals, extreme temperatures, and collisions. Keep your Taonga/jewellery away from chlorinated water as it can erode the metal, Avoid any hard knocks and scratches to your stones. If your stones look dry, rub it against your skin or rub a small amount of natural oil such as olive or coconut on to it.