Spirit Wrestler Gallery (Vancouver, Canada)

Takarangi (shell) Pendant


During a recent visit to Tahiti I worked with Mother of Pearl shell for the first time and this piece is the first combination of Silver and Mother of Pearl … The notches on the ridges are a variant of “Pakati” with “Nihotaniwha” elements in clusters of three.

Alex Nathan

Alex Nathan


Te Roroa, Ngāti Whātua, Ngā Puhi

(1946- )

Alex worked in traditional materials such as bone, shell, stone and wood until the late 1980s when his brother, Manos, introduced him to Michael Kabotie, the Hopi silversmith. Now Alex works exclusively with silver as his primary material and uses traditional materials as highlights. Adapting and exploring traditional Māori designs within the silver medium, he incorporates traditional motifs in his uniquely constructed and carved silver pieces.