Several months ago, at one of our prop workshops Arturo, aka SEEKER, suggested that my companion, Alexandra, may want to make a pendant based on the "Mandalorian Symbol."
After five separate attempts, Alex came to a final shape for the front of the pendant, but was stuck how the back would be treated. She wanted something special that would have meaning to the wearer. After seeing her initial designs, I suggested looking into Maori tribal tattoos. (This was to be in recognition of the New Zealand borne Temuera Morrison who played Jango Fett in SW Episode II.)
An example of Ta Moko, a Maori tribal tattoo.
A close-up of the back design on the pendant.
Now that the master has been cast in bronze, and we have an idea of the work involved in finishing a piece, Alex has asked me to post a thread to gauge interest.Ta Moko tells the history of a person's achievemens and status in a tribe.
The Koru (spiral) and the Haehae (lines) are the most prominent features in a Moko. The Koru represents birth, regrowth, regeneration and can represent actual ancestors. The Haehae lines refer to battles attended, chiefs slain or wounds received.
(The forehead of the skull spells the Mandalorian word for glory; Kote!)
(Click to enlarge)
Comments and suggestions are welcomed.
Please PM me if you are interested in this project.
And as a last point of interest, I'd like to invite you to visit Alexandra's gallery;