Sculptural Toki Blade Pīpīwharauroa Pounamu New Zealand Greenstone
This beautiful sculptural Toki Blade has been crafted by hand in our Oro Negro Studio on Karangahape Road out of New Zealand Pīpīwharauroa Pounamu stone from the West Coast of the South Island. This piece has been finished off with a 4-plaited black waxed cord.
This stunning sculpture can be hung from the wall or placed on a wooden stand (Made to order, included in this price).
116 mm (long) x 54 mm (wide) x 20 mm (thick)
The Hei Toki Blade is a culturally significant symbol within the Maori culture, representing courage and strength, particularly in times of difficulty. These blades were carved to be used as chisel tools for the practice of Whakairo (Traditional wood carving), to craft Marae (meeting houses) and Waka (canoes).
Hei Toki pendants were also worn by Māori elders to symbolise power, wisdom and authority. New Zealand Greenstone, known to Maori as Pounamu, and the rest of the world as jade, is a historically and culturally important stone to all New Zealanders.
Maori have used the stone in rituals and as statements of rank and power. It protects us when travelling abroad, and is noted for having healing powers.
Our stones are sourced from Ngai Tahu Poutini with a certificate of Authenticity and the Arahura River on the West Coast of the South Island. All of our pieces are carved by hand and finished off using the traditional sanding method by hand with a sandstone stick. We follow the Maori Whakairo protocols closely. We strive to craft Taonga that honours the traditions of the Tangata Whenua of Aotearoa and make a homage to our indigenous people of the land in Colombia, who were also fine artisans and craftsmen.
Our Taonga & jewellery is made of high-quality metals and stones, that are made to be worn daily however they can still be damaged through contact with harsh chemicals, extreme temperatures, and collisions. Keep your Taonga/jewellery away from chlorinated water as it can erode the metal, Avoid any hard knocks and scratches to your stones. If your stones look dry, rub them against your skin or rub a small amount of natural oil such as olive or coconut into them.