This piece is named NGAKAU MA - PURE HEART
NGAKAU MA - a beautiful, finely carved Adze/Toki.
This piece was carved for us by Andrew Doughty. Andrew carves each piece with a great deal of forethought and introspection. He likes to understand the significance of the work so that he can translate that in his carving.
NGAKAU MA is one of a series of toki that we commissioned from Andrew. These are beautifully carved, thoughtful pieces that capture concepts that are important to us. The materials used are beautiful and significant, for a multitude of reasons, in our corner of the world.
Andrew describes the ethos behind his design in some detail and we will supply this description with the carving.
Briefly it's meaning is as follows...
NGAKAU MA is adorned with a kowhaiwhai pattern along both sides. This symbolises balance. With a balanced mind we can navigate our lives with calmness and confidence.
On the front there is a special inlay of pāua in the middle of this taonga (treasure). This symbolises deepest most pure aspect of our innermost being and union with this aspect of our nature.
On the back there is an engraving of the logo of NZPacific This symbolises the meeting of the Mountains and the sea. In New Zealand we are fortunate to be close to these beautiful and mighty powers of nature. There are few places in the world where they both meet so closely together. In essence, it is a celebration of nature and love.
This Taonga has been registered in Andrew's database and comes with a Certificate of Authenticity.
A fantastic toki, meaningful, beautifully carved and deserving of a home for generations.
We provide this piece with a note from the artist to the holder of this carving.
Also included, on of our Kia Ora cards which explain a little behind the Toki design.
Artist: Andrew Doughty
Material: Bone with Pāua Shell insert
Cord Colour: Dark Brown
Cord Length: Adjustable
Size: 75mm (2.9") long; 27mm (1") at widest point
Certificate of Authenticity - Registration: 100-418