Greenstone Toki Kowhaiwhai Pattern Pendant 4cm
Wedge-shaped New Zealand greenstone toki (2cm wide by 4cm long) carved with diagonal kowhaiwhai pattern on black cord.
Made from genuine New Zealand Pounamu, or greenstone, sourced and hand-carved in Aotearoa New Zealand. Pounamu is of great cultural significance for Maori and is believed to enhance the mana, or prestige, of its possessor. When received as a gift, Pounamu is said to gain value as a special treasure.
The "Toki" is a symbol of courage and strength in time of adversity. The toki (adze) was a chisel tool used by Maori to carve everything from great waka (canoes) to the intricate designs found in marae (meeting houses).