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THE WATCHER and FRIEND
This gorgeous toki is named after the highest peak north of our Aoraki - Mount Cook. The first recorded European sighting of this peak was by James Cook - he called it 'THE WATCHER' because it seemed to follow and observe his progress.
The Jade Toki was carved for us by Ross Crump.
Carved with clean, simple lines and traditionally lashed, this is a beautiful representation of the revered māori adze.
We have partnered this with a recycled wood toki - the WATCHER's Friend. The wood is a bright gold with darker horizontal stripes. We have bound this with a Kalahari Tan cord and a Black/Pohutukawa Red binding at the head of the toki. A very striking piece!
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 include one of our Toki hand made from Recycled wood (GRATIS). We've bound this in a kalahari cord with a very cool double binding of black and pohutukawa red. The size of this Toki is 97mm (3.8") long, 36mm (1.4") wide.
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 Auhunga Jade (Pounamu)
Cord: Black Cord with Black Binding
Size: 92mm (3.6") long, 31mm (1.2") wide