POOR KNIGHTS - this is the coolest piece of jade we've seen for a while! As soon as we saw this gorgeous jade we thought we'll bind this in a bright red and call it POOR KNIGHTS lily - a beautiful native lily with bright red, brush like flowers and bold green foliage. These grow on our land and the stone this toki is carved from is a gift from our land - what a combination!
For all you diving fanatics out there - you might know the POOR KNIGHTS as one of the finest diving spots in the world - a marine reserve that is the home to some wonderful underwater life!
Carved with clean, simple lines and traditionally lashed, this is a beautiful representation of the revered māori adze. The lashing on the toki head is Pohutukawa Red. These colours enhance the deep and flawless green tones of this seriously beautiful piece of New Zealand Jade.
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 these pieces comes from the West Coast on New Zealand's South Island. It has been created in the alpine fault and has worked its way down an alpine river - created under extreme pressure and worked over in a fast flowing, steep river. These are tough little pieces with a lot of history!
These pendants are traditionally worn for strength and courage - to assist through life's challenges.
We will ship this beautiful pendant to you with DHL Express Courier, bound in a hand plaited adjustable cord. We will also include one of our 'Kia Ora' cards, which explains the meaning behind the Toki design.
Meaning: Courage ~ Wisdom ~ Authority
Artist: Ross Crump
Material: New Zealand Jade (Pounamu)
Cord: Black Cord with Pohutukawa Red Binding
Size: 70m (2.7") long, 25mm (1") wide