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You have to be a bit of a rebel to break free from the Southern Alps - the stone used for this jade toki was created in the mountains and discovered on the shore of the Tasman sea.
Carved from a lovely piece of flower jade - it is beautifully coloured and can be worn either side. It is bound with a hand-plaited black cord which is length adjustable.
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 ....and this is a good one!
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.
Meaning: Courage ~ Wisdom ~ Authority
Artist: Alex Sands
Material: New Zealand Flower Jade
Size: 66mm (2.6") long, 22mm (.8") wide