This contemporary toki (adze) pendant has been hand carved from New Zealand pounamu (greenstone/jade) by carver Josh Brown.
The Toki symbolizes strength, courage and overcoming adversity. The Toki design is derived from the Toki Poutangata which was a very valuable carving tool and more ornately carved.
Toki Poutangata were used for ceremonial purposes by Māori chiefs. The wearer of a Toki pendant is said to be the creator or shaper of their own pathway.
Pounamu is the Māori name for greenstone or nephrite jade which is only found in the South Island. It is an extremely tough material and is said to absorb the owners essential spirit, feeding it back to them and enhancing their strength.
Carving for Josh has been a family affair learning the art of pounamu carving from his father.
Brown wax cotton slip bead cord- 34cm fully extended
Size: 9 x 2 x 1cm
Made in New Zealand