Beautiful New Zealand Jade Tiki, hand carved by Ana Krakosky.
OCEAN EYES is a large tiki, carved from an exceptional piece of flower jade - pounamu.
OCEAN EYES is beautifully carved.
Look closely at the photos and the video - the stone is quite unusual, a very soft milky green. Carved with care and the creative flair that is a hallmark of Ana's work - this is a very high-quality tiki in every respect.
The design reveals a mix of traditional and creative, modern. Deep set eyes highlighted with notched Pāua shell, the tongue is extended symbolising the power of communication and its central role in establishing dialogue and understanding. The hands are braced on the thighs and it has a gently raised puku (belly).
OCEAN EYES - is a wonderful piece, softly polished to a dull matte that will brighten and develop with wear.
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 possess clarity of thought, loyalty, great inner knowledge and strength of character.
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 by the artist 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: Black
Cord Length: Adjustable
Size: 76mm (2.9") long; 45mm (1.7") wide