NZ Greenstone Stingray Breastplate - 120mm
NZ Greenstone Stingray Breastplate.
Stylised Pounamu Whai (Stingray) Breastplate with Koru.
Quite a thick and heavy taonga.
In some areas the Whai is seen as a kaitiaki (guardian), which protects the areas where shellfish are harvested.
It was believed that if people followed the right tikanga, the stingray would ensure there were plenty of shellfish.
The spiral is a Koru, represents the fern frond as it opens bringing new life and purity to the world.
It also represents peace, tranquility and spirituality along with a strong sense of re growth or new beginnings.
The Koru is also often associated with nurturing so when interlocked with others is frequently used to represent the strength and purity of a loving relationship within a family.
Black slip-knot cord.
Size 120 W x 50 H x 8mm D.
We photograph each piece but a slight colour varition may occur.