Material

Brass and silver.

Dimensions

  • Each hammered feather measures approximately 2mm wide and 45mm (5cm) long.
  • There are 12 "golden" brass feathers on the bracelet spaced out among 40 silver feathers.
  • The total length of the bracelet is 19cm.

Words from the craftswoman

In Maori cosmology there exist 12 heavens, stretching from the great sky father, Ranganui, to the uppermost heaven Te Toi-o-nga-rangi. Beyond the 12th heaven exists the great and endless supreme being Io. Legend tells of an invitation sent to earth by the God Rehua in the form of a simple pure white bird named Manutea. Manutea sought out the God Tane, originator of mankind, to summon him to climb the 12 heavens and retrieve the sacred baskets of knowledge. Upon Tane accepting this invitation, Manutea returned to Rehua who rewarded him for his bravery in navigating the 12 heavens by colouring him black to represent the great void. He also added white tipped feathers to his tail, to a total of 12 to represent the heavens he had bravely journeyed through to reach Tane. Upon Manutea's return to the earth he was renamed Manu Huia and became the most sacred of all birds to Maori. This bracelet features 12 "golden" feathers to symbolise not only the 12 heavens of the cosmos, but also the 12 tail feathers of the sacred Huia and represent the journey we all take through life.