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KUAKA - Godwit

Beautiful New Zealand Jade Tiki, hand carved by Alex Sands.

KUAKA is a large tiki - carved from an exceptional piece of Inanga jade.

KUAKA is beautifully carved. Look closely at the photos and the video - the stone is quite unusual, a very soft milky green with a pale sand coloured inclusion down the left side. The craftsmanship is also exceptional - this is a very high-quality tiki in every aspect.

The design is a traditional one - angled head, deep set eyes highlighted with notched Pāua Shell, a central ridge beneath the head representing the neck, which forks at the end to the sides of the body, representing ribs and sternum. The hands are braced on the thighs and it has a gently raised puku (belly).

KUAKA - 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 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.

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Meaning: Fertility ~ Fortune ~ Creation

Artist: Alex Sands

Material: New Zealand Inanga Jade, Pounamu with Pāua Shell Inlay Eyes

Cord Colour: Whiorau - Sage Green and Kalahari Tan

Cord Length: Adjustable

Size: 85mm (3.3") long; 56mm (2.2") wide

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