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“Eat the food of greatness” - Rueben Tipene

RANGATIRA, a māori word used to describe noble and esteemed chiefs. The perfect representation of those who strive for greatness. Let this timeless symbol carry you to heights of power and prestige. Be the RANGATIRA you were destined to be!

Carved from an exceptional piece of New Zealand Inanga Pounamu by artist and carver - Rueben Tipene. RANGATIRA is a Niho/Matau shape with very strong lines and clearly defined edges. The front face has a subtle, finely etched koru - unique and strong this is a very beautiful piece.

A superb carving from a very talented artist and carver!

The symbolic importance of the matau, or hook pendant, is widely recognized throughout the South Pacific, where it stands for life, health, and success. Its reverence is rooted in fishing's crucial role in providing nutrition and stability to island populations. Possession of an excellent hook was an indication of one's respectability and societal standing.

RANGATIRA is provided with a fixed length black cord and Jade toggle.

If you would like an adjustable cord, or a different coloured cord with the loop and toggle - please let us know in the comments section at checkout.

Also included, our 'Kia ora' card, which explains the meaning behind the hook design.


Meaning:  Prosperity ~ Abundance ~ Protection

Artist: Rueben Tipene

Material: New Zealand Inanga Pounamu, Jade

Cord Colour: Black Cord and Binding with Jade toggle

Cord Length: Fixed: 52cm diameter

Size: 70mm (2.8") long, 40mm (1.6") wide

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