New Zealand Pounamu Engraved Toki | Mountain Jade New Zealand

New Zealand Pounamu

Engraved Toki

SKU:
ESPD24-11
$395.00 NZD

It's swirling lines and spiraling design remind us of rolling ocean waves crashing onshore. Being from the wild West Coast this could well have been Sheree Warrens inspiration. The jade is a beautiful bright green.

Stone: Sourced from New Zealand

It's swirling lines and spiraling design remind us of rolling ocean waves crashing onshore. Being from the wild West Coast this could well have been Sheree Warrens inspiration. The jade is a beautiful bright green.

Features

Carved from New Zealand jade

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Shaped by the hands of Sheree Warren

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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.