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Raukaraka Greenstone Toki Pendant by Ngai Tahu

(NTP040a)


Raukaraka Greenstone Toki Pendant by Ngai Tahu

The pendant is in the style of a Toki, Hei Toki was Traditionally worn by Chiefs and Warriors as it represented power, wisdom and authority.

This pendant is carved from Raukaraka greenstone / Pounamu. Raukaraka is the Raukaraka variety that is olive green. The word literally means the leaf of the karaka tree. It may be descriptive of the leaf but, nonetheless, the origin of the name is uncertain. It is referred to as a Taonga, treasured thing, and it should be worn with respect and pride, it should be given with love.

This Toki is a one off unique piece and has it's own individual code to trace it's history and will not be available again.

Authentic greenstone
Every piece of pounamu has a story. With these pieces you can find out yours. Ngai Tahu, the kaitiaki (guardians) of New Zealand greenstone, have developed a system for verifying the authenticity of every Pounamu item they carve.

Along with this pendant you will be given a unique code which you can enter on a special site online and find out about this pendant's source, stone and region, it's whakapapa (history & genealogy), and about the artist that carved it.

By buying this authentic Ngai Tahu Pounamu piece, you can be sure that you are buying genuine New Zealand jade (rather than imported or black market Jade). It also guarantees that the Pounamu has been extracted by legitimate means, and treated using appropriate cultural values.

Carved by: Julie Nicoll of the Te Waipounamu Maori Heritage Centre

Weight: 23g

Length/Height: 70mm (2.76 inches)

Width: 27mm (1.06 inches)

This pendant comes in an attractive presntation box, it is hung on a waxed black full adjustable cord, a meaning card and also a unique code which can be entered online so you can view the history and story of this actual piece.

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Raukaraka Greenstone Toki Pendant Back View of Raukaraka Greenstone Toki Pendant Front View of Raukaraka Greenstone Toki Pendant Boxed Raukaraka Greenstone Toki Pendant Side View Raukaraka Greenstone Toki Pendant Side View Raukaraka Greenstone Toki Pendant Greenstone Presentation Box

The Toki

Known in English as the Adze. The Toki had much meaning to the Maori, it was of course an essential tool for the survival and day to day life of a Maori tribe, it was usually fashioned from stone or greenstone. The Maori also attribute the spiritual meaning of Strengh and Power to the Toki.



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Category : Adze (Toki) Pendants
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