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Storied Past Long Bronze Pendant Necklace New Zealand Bird Cultural Artifact

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New Zealand has an intriguing culture. They have a fierce warrior dance, the haka, meant to intimidate opponents. Football teams here in Hawaii often face off with the dance before a game. Perhaps you've seen it, on the commercial where the handsome Scots men lift their kilts in response? I can't remember the product, but I remember how titillatingly handsome the players were on both teams.

I made this long pendant necklace with a 1946 New Zealand penny, which features the Tui, a bird with big personality. Like parrots, theTui can learn to talk. Even more special, they have two voice boxes, enabling them to make and imitate a huge variety of sounds. It's sitting amongst the lovely fronds of the deep tropical forest.

Unlike the American penny, this penny is bronze, a noble metal with a long, artistic history. it's 32mm (about 1.25 inches), a substantial size for a pendant, and hangs from a 33-inch chain with peanut-shaped links. The chain slips easily over the head, bringing the pendant over the solar plexus area.

To bring out the coin's beautiful details, I've dapped (hammered into a dome shape), drilled, polished and oxidized it. Then I coated it with a special lacquer to protect the finish. Even with all this work, the coin is not perfect. It has been passed from hand to hand, and pocket to purse, for over half a century, and its wear marks tell the story of its transit through time. The chain will naturally patina over time to a lovely brown color.

It will be delivered in a Woojoo gift box, ready for gifting ... or keeping.

Storied Past Long Bronze Pendant Necklace New Zealand Bird Cultural Artifact


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  • Handmade item
  • Materials: bronze, lacquer, red brass
  • Ships worldwide from United States
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