Tiki Pendant - Dark Greenstone
The Tiki depicts the first mortal born to the Gods. It is also a strong fertility symbol, with the hands on the loins symbolising fertility. The Tiki is a good luck charm and to keep the evil spirits away. Itis believed to give the wearer clarity of thought and great inner knowledge.
Tiki or heitiki are traditional ornaments created by Maori, the Polynesian first settlers of New Zealand. The material they are most commonly made from is nephrite, a stone related to jade, found in several places in New Zealand’s South Island. It is called pounamu in Maori, greenstone in common New Zealand English. The Maori name for the South Island, Te Wai Pounamu, refers to the stone. There are traditional accounts for the creation of the stone which relate it to the children of Tangaroa. It is a very hard stone and is laborious to work, especially so with the primitive grinding tools available to the Neolithic Maori. The ornament is unique to New Zealand, as are several other ornaments made from this stone.
The carver of this high quality product is certified by Creative New Zealand to display the ’Toi Iho’ mark. This authenticates the work as being a genuine New Zealand Tiki carved by a Maori artist.
These products are individually handcrafted therefore the colour and markings may vary slightly.
This Tiki Carving comes with attractive draw-string bag.
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