Title: Niho Mako
Artist: Tia Kirk
Iwi: Ngāti Awa ki Rangitaiki, ko Ngāti Porou ki te Toka a Namu
Description: Contemporary Earrings
Artist Statement: Contemporary earrings in the shape of a shark’s tooth called Niho Mako – a symbol of strength. 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. These ‘Niho Mako’ Earrings remind us of the beautiful strong work of Matariki, the mother, and her daughters, in adorning their kuia.
These earrings feature the ‘niho mako’ Sharktooth in plated gold, rose gold and silver on a kidney style hook. Slow made, hand made, Maori made, hypoallergenic earrings from Tia’s Gold Coast studio
Dimensions: Hook size approx 33-35 mm, Earring size 20 X 18 mm
Gold, Rose Gold, Silver