Out of stock
Kaitiaki - Guardian Māori Mask
This is a contemporary interpretation of an ancient shape, the Rei Puta.
A large and visually striking piece with a whole heap of detail and depth. TOKI MOKO is carved from a stunning piece of Waimea jade that came from a smallish creek in New Zealand's Southern West Coast. We are absolutely thrilled to have a piece of this quality to offer you.
Although set up as a pendant, this really is a sculptural piece. This type of carving is often framed and displayed.
These pendants were carved as a way to pass information down through the generations. The specific design contained familial information and was a way to preserve and relate this to following generations.
The etching in the front face is a Moko. The lines of a moko traditionally followed the lines of the face and are called manawa - the māori word for heart. These represent the life journey of the person wearing the moko, and is very personal. Some historians believe that these tatoos may also have been a symbol of the wearers' social status, their role in the community and their genealogical identity.
It is a decorative piece which is in keeping with the early use of this shape as an ornamental pendant - commonly worn by men and women. These shapes were worn by Māori who met James Cook when he first visited New Zealand in the late 18th century.
Delivered with DHL Express Courier.
Meaning: Courage ~ Wisdom ~ Authority
Material: New Zealand Jade (Pounamu).
Artist: Raegan Bregmen
Cord: Black; Length: Adjustable
Size: 96mm (3.8") long, 61mm (2.4") wide at bottom