Spirit Wrestler Gallery (Vancouver, Canada)

Matakupenga Bracelet


  • Medium: silver
  • Size: 1 × 6.25 inches
  • Reference Code: KX30659

The use of matakupenga is a loose description that should be clarified. There are elements of several designs incorporated, the matakupenga (wood carving pattern), pakura (rolling spirals), as well as koru and pitau (spiral) forms, which are basic motifs of kowhaiwhai (painted scroll work).

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.