The kōrero (story) behind this earring design: Hinetakurua is known as the Winter maiden and is the wife of Tamanuiterā (the Sun) along with her sister Hineraumati. Hinetakurua is the daughter of Tangaroa akiukiu and is a sister to Hineraumati. She is personified by the star Sirius, which is the brightest star in the night sky. Her realm is the ocean, her task is to produce and conserve fish with her father.
Together with Tamanuiterā, Hinetakurua has a number of children, and each of them is connected to the afflictions of winter including frost, snow, cold winds and the hard frozen earth. All of these children are stars that are located near Hinetakurua. When they are seen on the horizon before the rising of the sun, winter is upon the earth and the children come down from the heavens bringing the many faces of winter.
This design is based on the whetū (star) Takurua Aio, she is the daughter of Hinetakurua and Tamanuiterā and she is the personification of the still cold winter nights, it is said she is very laid back, still, cold and very pretty. Kōrero given by Rangi Matamua.
DIMENSIONS: 40 mm x 50 mm
HOOKS: Silver Plated (NF) Hooks.
CARE INSTRUCTIONS: We recommend you care and gently handle your item, treat it like the taonga (treasure) it is. To clean the item, use a damp cloth and let air dry.
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