Assorted Jades Traditional Toki Necklace | Mountain Jade New Zealand

Assorted Jades

Traditional Toki Blade Necklace

SKU:
JTK0145BLCC
$88.00 NZD

This greenstone toki blade necklace has a 'blade' edge at its bottom and a lashed top like the greenstone adze heads used in Maori tools such as the 'axe' like toki poutangata. There are two colours available; a jet black jade from Australia, and a bright green jade from the heart of Canada. Both toki are available in two sizes.

Canadian Jade

Australian Jade

This greenstone toki blade necklace has a 'blade' edge at its bottom and a lashed top like the greenstone adze heads used in Maori tools such as the 'axe' like toki poutangata. There are two colours available; a jet black jade from Australia, and a bright green jade from the heart of Canada. Both toki are available in two sizes.

Features

Carved from Australian and Canadian jade

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Story

The story of the toki begins with a tool. Maori lashed toki to wooden shafts or held it in their hands to perform daily tasks like shaping wooden items or cutting foliage. As time passed some carvers began shaping much finer toki which were lashed to intricatley carved shafts, these were known as toki poutangata. They were purely ceremonial taonga weilded by the most valued or sacred of the tribe, those with the most mana. Wearing a toki is said to represent strength and courage because the jade toki were carved from was strong and only tribesmen with the most mana (power) or strength weilded the toki poutangata.