Kawakawa Greenstone Koropepe Manaia Pendant by Ngai Tahu
All Pounamu is sacred and highly valued by Ngāi Tahu, the most southern tribe of Aotearoa, New Zealand. Carving this sacred stone has been a cornerstone of their culture for hundreds of years and we are honoured that you have chosen to adorn yourself with this most sacred gift.
Manaia motifs depict a mythical creature. Traditionally said to have the power to journey between the earthly and spiritual worlds. Māori consider manaia to be a guardian for the wearer.
The pendant comes with an adjustable black cord in a presentation gift box.
This pendant is carved from Kawakawa greenstone / Pounamu, Kawakawa greenstone or Pounamu gets it names from the pepper tree leaves which this greenstone look similar to. Greenstone is regarded as the stone of the gods by the Maori of New Zealand. It is referred to as a Taonga, treasured thing, and it should be worn with respect and pride, it should be given with love.
This Manaia is a one off unique piece and has it's own individual code to trace it's history and will not be available again.
Every piece of pounamu has a story. With these pieces you can find out yours. Ngai Tahu, the kaitiaki (guardians) of New Zealand greenstone, have developed a system for verifying the authenticity of every Pounamu item they carve.
Along with this pendant you will be given a unique code which you can enter on a special site online and find out about this pendant's source, stone and region, it's whakapapa (history & genealogy), and about the artist that carved it.
By buying this authentic Ngai Tahu Pounamu piece, you can be sure that you are buying genuine New Zealand jade (rather than imported or black market Jade). It also guarantees that the Pounamu has been extracted by legitimate means, and treated using appropriate cultural values.
Carved by: Noel Walker from Westland Greenstone
Length/Height: 42mm (1.65 inches)
Width: 37mm (1.45 inches)
This pendant comes in an attractive presentation box, it is hung on a waxed black full adjustable cord, a meaning card and also a unique code which can be entered online so you can view the history and story of this actual piece.
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