Mammoth Ivory Pendant Necklaces
Very exclusive and unique are these mammoth ivory pendants created by Maori master carver Kerry Thompson. Thompson is one of New Zealand’s most renowned carvers.
His exceptional skills and distinct style speak of the utmost respect he has for the bone carving craft, his culture and his tribe. His work resembles both ancient traditional aspects as well as contemporary influences. (Click the photo to view these and other carvings.)
These masterpieces resemble (from left to right) the Maori orca, the torea, new life, and the matau.
The orca, as many sea creatures has historically been worshiped by the Maori. Torea is the Maori word for oystercatcher bird. The concept of new life (and the koru symbol) are ubiquitous in Maori culture. The matau design stands for hook or fish hook which is another emblematic cultural Maori expression.