Simple up-cycled glass disc pendant necklace with an historic image of the now-extinct huia kiln-fused to the surface. The image is from an old illustration by James Coutts Crawford in 1880. With the design being iron fused onto the surface of the glass it gives the slight reddish colour.
Measurements: 25mm (diameter) x 3mm (depth)
Chain length: 450mm (other lengths available by request)
Available in: Light Blue (Bombay Sapphire), Clear (Dancing Sands Gin)
The huia was a striking large songbird, mainly black with long white-tipped tail feathers and a fleshy orange wattle at the base of its distinctively curved beak. Huia was the largest species of New Zealand wattlebird endemic to the North Island of New Zealand before its extinction in the early 1900's. One of the significant causes of its extinction was overhunting to produce mounted specimens which were in worldwide demand by museums and wealthy collectors. Their long monochromatic tail feathers were also utilised as fashionable hat decorations, making a striking statement.