This Whakaruruhau Pounamu - Notched Greenstone Shield Pendant is bound by a muka (tan) coloured adjustable wax cord.
The notches can represent whanau (family).
Whakaruruhau are breastplates or shield adornments that represent strength and leadership. They are a taonga of personal protection that share their beauty to the Te Ao Tūroa (outer world).
This piece was hand carved by Samuel Potter