VALOROUS - 'showing great courage in the face of danger, particularly in battle'
Whatever your battle or challenge, this little matau will make the perfect companion.
This matau pendant was carved for us by Ric Moor. Ric's work is new to our collection and we're super delighted to have it. He has been carving jade for many years and has passed on his skills to a lot of young carvers teaching the art of carving and how to make a living from it. Many of his students have gone on to develop considerable skill in this old art. This is fantastic to see because it helps preserve an art form that is very precious to New Zealand and the art world.
VALOROUS is carved with Ric's beautiful craftsmanship - it really is a faultless piece! He has finished it with in a soft polish that glows and is gorgeous to handle.
I asked Ric about his finish - why he doesn't polish his work to a high shine. He told me that he prefers this finish to the higher polish because, with time and wear, the pendant will adapt and change with the owner's lifestyle and become a 'better' piece. This is in line with Māori belief that worn jade absorbs the mana, or spirit, of the wearer. In this sense the jade becomes a part of the family and holds the spirit of ancestors - all that have worn the piece.
The jade Ric has used is a lovely piece from the Marsden region on the West Coast of our South Island. This area is renowned for the quality of the jade that it produces - this is a great example of that.
Watch the brief video we have made of it slowly revolving. It will help you imagine how this piece will make you feel when you slip it over your head.
The Hook - Matau: the wearer of a Hei-Matau is seen as a provider and protector who is strong willed and determined to succeed in life - what a lovely sentiment to gift to someone important to you.
Shipped to you with DHL Express Courier and will be provided with our 'Kia Ora Cards' explaining the meaning behind the hook design.
Meaning: Prosperity ~ Abundance ~ Fertility
Artist: Ric Moor
Material: New Zealand Jade
Cord: Creme 4-Plait cord; Length: Adjustable
Size: 49mm (1.9") long; 38mm (1.5") wide