LEOPARD - this is the coolest piece of flower jade we've seen for a while! As soon as we saw this gorgeous jade we thought LEOPARD, crouched and ready to spring! Predominantly, this jade pendant is a beautiful green - but viewed from the front, the left side has the concealed feline. You can see the mottled shades of a LEOPARD in hiding - it looks fast, slightly dangerous and stunningly beautiful.
Carved with clean, simple lines and traditionally lashed, this is a beautiful representation of the revered māori adze. We've added a custom made necklace plaited with a mix of our Kalahari and Burgundy waxed cords. The lashing on the toki head is Burgundy. These colours enhance the subtle and shadowed tones of this seriously beautiful piece of Flower Jade.
The toki, or adze, is a symbol of strength. The adze was a key survival tool, so the owner of a good one was believed to be strong and powerful. They were used to carve ocean-going waka (sea canoes) and to build central meeting houses so they played a central role in traditional life of māori.
The jade used to carve these pieces comes from the West Coast on New Zealand's South Island. It has been created in the alpine fault and has worked its way down an alpine river - created under extreme pressure and worked over in a fast flowing, steep river. These are tough little pieces with a lot of history!
These pendants are traditionally worn for strength and courage - to assist through life's challenges.
We will ship this beautiful pendant to you with DHL Express Courier, bound in a hand plaited adjustable cord. We will also include one of our 'Kia Ora' cards, which explains the meaning behind the Toki design.
Meaning: Courage ~ Wisdom ~ Authority
Artist: Ross Crump
Material: New Zealand Flower Jade (Pounamu)
Cord: Kalahari/Burgundy Cord with Burgundy Binding; Length: Adjustable
Size: 71mm (2.8") long, 25mm (1") wide