MIDDLE EARTH - a gorgeous, large toki.
We are really delighted with this beautiful, large toki with matte finish. This is a traditional piece carved from a stunning piece of mid-green kawakawa Jade. This particular piece of stone is a deep green with paler cloudy swirls through the jade - it has tons of life and character.
What struck us about this piece of jade was its colour - at first glance a green stone with dark speckled inclusions. Looking a little closer, the colours in the stone become apparent - softer greens and subtle splashes of lilac. We felt this needed to be teased out a little.....
We decided to get a little creative with the binding! The cord is our standard adjustable four-plait in black. The lashing on the head of the piece is a khaki/lilac combination which pulls these colours out of the stone - it looks fantastic!
If you like this piece please take a moment to watch the brief video, this reveals the shape and variability in the stone quite clearly.
The toki, or adze, is a symbol of strength. Traditionally, the adze was a key survival tool, so the owner of a good one was believed to be strong and powerful. It is a symbol of authority.
This shape is derived from a chisel tool used by the Māori people of Aotearoa (New Zealand) to carve their great canoes and carved detailing on their meeting houses. It was an essential tool in their daily lives, and a good quality jade adze was a prized possession.
We will deliver this to you with DHL Express Courier and include our 'Kia Ora' card, which explains the meaning behind the Toki design.
Meaning: Courage ~ Wisdom ~ Authority
Material: New Zealand Jade - Pounamu
Cord: Black Cord with Lilac/Khaki Binding
Size: 107mm (4.2") long, 32mm (1.2") wide at the bottom