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WHAKATŪ - a Collectable, Hand Carved Tiki

We have named this piece after the region in New Zealand that produced the rare stone from which it is carved - WHAKATŪ - NELSON

A beautiful RARE New Zealand Pounamu Tiki pendant hand carved by Tim Steel.

This is a large and very striking Tiki carving. It has been handcarved from beautiful, and rare, New Zealand Nephrite/Diopside Pounamu. Beautiful pale green tones are at the forefront of this stunning Tiki, but there are a lot of subtle pale creamy mint colours - a really striking piece traditional art.

Tim's attention to detail and his precise and creative carving have resulted in a very unique and special piece.

Tiki have a long history in New Zealand and have been carved and worn by Māori for many generations. Their significance is deep-seated, they are culturally important pieces and are one of the most difficult designs to carve by hand. Every piece will have a story sitting behind its creation, and over time, a story behind its ownership and meaning to the family that owns the taonga.

Many tiki become heirlooms. They are treasured for the connections that they form with family ancestors, they are treated like a revered family member and respected for their spiritual presence.

This is a beautiful piece - it is a design that respects the tradition of the tiki while introducing a slightly more contemporary form. The stone used is very unique and quite rare - it is locally called Big Red. The stone is a nephrite/diopside found only in the Tasman region in the upper South Island in New Zealand. These appear in their natural form with a red outer skin and local rock hounds apparently call these beauties - BIG RED.

We've hand plaited a double Manuka Green/Black cord to accentuate the beautiful green tones in this very unique jade. THE CREATOR is wearable, but equally would make a stunning display piece.

View the video to appreciate the craftsmanship evident in this carving, and the variation of colour in the jade.

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 as a fertilising symbol. 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.

We will deliver this beautiful Tiki on a hand plaited Khaki/Ice White/Olive adjustable cord and will ship to you with DHL Express Courier.

Meaning: Fertility ~ Fortune ~ Creation

Material: New Zealand Nephrite/Diopside Pounamu with Pāua Eyes

Artist: Tim Steel

Cord: Khaki/Ice White/Olive Cord with Khaki Slipknots and Popper 

Length: Adjustable

Size: 49mm (1.9") long; 91mm (3.6") wide

$1,950.00 NZD
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