Title: Mother Of Pearl #2
Artist: Pat Hakaraia
Iwi: Ngāti Raukawa, Ngāti Toa Rangatira
Description: At this time of the year, the constellation Matariki has set over the Western Horizon in order to visit her kuia, Papatūānuku. Matariki and her six daughters are spending their time preparing and adorning their kuia for the new year, making her beautiful. Our tūpuna would adorn themselves with many types of ornaments, including Mother of Pearl ornaments when they lived in the different motu (islands) of Te Moananui a Kiwa (The Pacific). This piece is a celebration of our links to our ancestors, and to Matariki.
Materials: Mother Of Pearl shells, waxed cord
Dimensions: 60 X 60 mm