HONU - the magnificent turtle! A creature we couldn't resist including in our nautical range.
We had our mammoth material carbon dated to get an accurate measure of its age. The testing was done for us by GNS Science, a New Zealand Crown Research Institute and New Zealand's leading provider of Earth, geoscience and isotope research - so their assessment of this material is as accurate as is possible using radiocarbon dating technology.
Turtles have long played a role in mythology in many cultures - in China they are a symbol of tenacity, longevity and power; in Japan it is the God of sea-going people and in North America ancient belief is that the 'World Turtle' carries the earth on its back!
Here in the South Pacific the turtle, or Honu, is a symbol of fertility, longevity and peace. The shell patterns are often seen in carvings and tattoos and are believed to represent family relationships and the concept of unity.
The sea turtle is also renowned for its navigational skills. They travel great distances and have an innate ability to find their way home.
These intricately and delicately carved pieces are very special - if you like the ocean and appreciate the many creatures that live in it, this little pendant is a fantastic, eye-catching piece.
Please note that no two pieces are the same. Each piece is hand carved from natural mammoth tusk, so you are purchasing an original and unique pendant.
PLEASE USE THE DROP-DOWN MENU TO SELECT THE PIECE THAT YOU WOULD LIKE - use the cord colour as your guide.
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Meaning: long life ~ good luck ~ perseverance
Material: Woolly Mammoth Tusk
Cord Colour: Kalahari, Black or Wapiti Brown
Cord Length: Adjustable
Size: 42mm (1.6") Long; 29mm (1.1") wide