Spirit Wrestler Gallery (Vancouver, Canada)

Tukutuku Earrings


These also are the first that I have made using Mother of Pearl shell and are a variant of the Tukutuku pattern “Patiki” (Flounder) which is based on the lozenge or diamond shape of the fish … symbolises abundance and contributing to the well-being of the people.

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.