Material

Brass, Silver.

Dimensions

  • Each hammered feather measures approximately 2mm wide and 45mm (5cm) long.
  • The total drop of the earrings is 10cm from the earlobe.

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. These earrings each feature 6 "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. The "golden" feathers are each made from 100% recycled hammered brass embedded in a "sky" of silver feathers made from 100% recycled fine (pure) silver. The feathers are clustered on the end a sterling silver chain finished with silver stud and scroll. About this Collection: The Sage I am the seeker of wisdom and truth, from the universal spirits, angels and ancestors. My understanding the world and my place in it is a reflection of the knowledge that I learn from experience. I understand that much of this knowledge originates from within my spirit. I am the eternal student, eager and willing to be forever open to all that brings growth and expansion. And in that growth I share the wisdom I discover on the way with others. I often find myself in my head, caught up in my thinking mind - and I use the beauty and wonder of the world around me to reconnect with my truth. I am the sage