This is a very striking toki pendant, a standout piece, carved from beautiful New Zealand Flower Jade.
The jade is a wonderful blend of colours - a darker green in the top two thirds and then changing to palish minty greens and into subtle pale lemon colours through the bottom of the blade - a LION crouched in the veldt.
We've bound it with hand plaited combination cord of khaki and wapiti dark brown and a khaki binding. The colours of Africa which complement the mix of colours in the jade perfectly.
The toki, or adze, is a symbol of strength. The adze was a key survival tool, so the owner of a good one was believed to be strong and powerful. They were used to carve ocean-going waka (sea canoes) and to build central meeting houses so they played a central role in traditional life of māori.
The jade used to carve LION came from the West Coast on New Zealand's South Island. It was created under enormous pressure in the alpine fault and then further shaped and formed in our alpine rivers.
The toki is traditionally worn for strength and courage - to assist through life's challenges.
We also include one of our 'Kia Ora' cards, which explains the meaning behind the Toki design.
Delivered with DHL Express Courier.
Meaning: Courage ~ Wisdom ~ Authority
Artist: Ross Crump
Material: New Zealand Flower Jade (Pounamu).
Cord: Kalahari Cord with Khaki Binding; Length: Adjustable
Size: 90mm (3.5") long, 30mm (1.1") wide