Maunga Kōuma – Tangiwai Pounamu Breastplate
This pounamu breastplate is a magnificent taonga. This large and striking taonga was carved to connect you to your whakapapa and give you strength. Moreover, you will make a statement when you walk into a room with this taonga. Stylish and unique, this pounamu breastplate has sharp planes but soft subtle curves. It feels classic and modern all at once.
Maunga Kōuma is carved in a rare Tangiwai pounamu from Piopiotahi (Milford Sounds). It is a Tangiwai that is very difficult to find. This kohatu was gifted to Tim by his master carver mentor and friend. It has incredible patterns and translucency around the edges. Now it has been carved ready to come to you.
Flick through the photos to see it modelled with these fabulous whakakai.
⭐️As always, this is a one-of-a-kind taonga by Timoti, so you can be assured your taonga is as unique as you are.
⭐️163mm wide x 75mm length
We carve pounamu triangles because they represent the maunga which are at the centre of who we are and where we come from. Your maunga sits amongst the centre of your pepeha.
Maunga are the heights of the feminine beauty of Papatūānuku. And they are her tendrils of love reaching high for Ranginui. Ranginui and Tawhirimatea always reside with Papatuanuku wherever her maunga pierces the veil of the sky.
Maunga bring emotional stability and strength, for the roots of a maunga go deeper then it’s height, down into the very heart of Papatūānuku.
Maunga are strong and resilient, they can be shaken but they will not break. But maunga also change over time as weathering shapes them, just as we are shaped by our experiences in life.
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