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LEGACY SERIES - we have had a limited series of pieces carved with heritage and legacy at their heart. These are pieces that we believe will become a part of a family's history. Carved art to pass through generations building stories that will form a part of your family's history.
STRONG HEART - a stunning New Zealand Karaka Toki hand carved from a glorious piece of deep green Jade.
STRONG HEART - for someone who's heart has strengthened with time and love. Love for family, for the land, for country, for the future and for their history - their whakapapa.
This piece has been carved with a moko design in the front face. This is a traditional and significant carving design which is very important in Māori culture.
Moko translated means tattoo - Tā moko is the art of Māori tattoo and is a traditional form of recognising and recording cultural heritage and identity. A moko records and describes an individuals whakapapa - their ancestry and personal history and increasingly are being worn today. They are a wonderful tattoo and carved design with tremendous cultural significance and importance. They have described a wearers social status, their skills and knowledge and in earlier times marriage status. They are beautiful and significant.
This piece has been carved to form a part of a family legacy - something to wear and to treasure and to pass on to descendants.
We have plaited a cord specifically for this piece - Olive Green and Black to pick up and promote the colours in the stone. The binding at the head is Olive Green.
The Toki - its meaning and significance:
This is a visually strong piece of jewellery, and large at 125mm or 4.9 inches long.
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 toki is traditionally worn for strength and courage - to assist through life's challenges.
We have one only, and this piece will be removed from our site when sold. We will also include one of our 'Kia Ora' cards, which explains the meaning behind the Toki design.
Delivered to you with DHL Express Courier.
Meaning: Courage ~ Wisdom ~ Authority
Artist: Raegan Bregmen
Material: New Zealand Karaka Pounamu
Cord: Olive/Black Combo Cord with Olive Green Binding
Size: 125mm (4.9") Long; 37mm (1.4") wide