New Zealand Jade Tiki, hand carved by Ana Krakosky.
MANA WITHIN is a medium-large tiki, carved from a striking piece of New Zealand pounamu. Beautifully carved for us by Ana Krakosky. Look closely at the photos and the video - the stone is quite unusual, a very soft milky green. The craftsmanship is also exceptional - this is a very high-quality tiki in every aspect.
The design is a traditional one - deep set eyes highlighted with notched Pāua Shell. The hands are braced on the thighs, protruding tongue and a beautiful strong stare!
MANA WITHIN - is a spectacular piece, this will become a family heirloom.
The tiki is a well recognised symbol in Maori culture, but also has historical roots in Hawaiian and wider Polynesian cultures. It is believed to symbolise fertility, and was often worn by women who believed that it would promote fertility. Pregnant women wore tiki to promote a healthy and easy birth. They would wear the piece during the birth - and recite karakia, prayers, to the tiki asking for assistance in the birth of their child. Its form is believed to represent a human embryo, often carved with the hands placed on the loins in what is believed to be a direct reference to fertility.
These pendants were traditionally highly valued and wearers were seen to
The tiki is believed by some to have come from the stars, and was regarded as the 'first man'. He was (and still is) believed to have a positive influence on fertility, and to bring the wearer good luck.
This Tiki is signed in Gold enamel with the artists signature on the back.
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Meaning: Fertility ~ Fortune ~ Creation
Artist: Ana Krakosky
Material: New Zealand Pounamu, Jade with Pāua Shell Inlay Eyes
Cord Colour: Mokohinau Blue/Flax cord
Cord Length: Adjustable
Size: 74mm (2.9") long; 45mm (1.7") wide