Greenstone Toki with stand
arahura river jade/pounamu, matai wood stand
175 x 37 x 10mm (toki)
W nov19 #84-5
Arahura or inanga jade (blue-green & white colours) comes from the Arahura River catchment area of the South Island of New Zealand/Aotearoa.
Toki/Adze – pounamu/greenstone toki have a spiritual meaning associated with mana (strength).
Before toki became ornamental they were an everyday tool (adze) used in cutting and digging. They were also lashed onto expertly carved wooden shafts and wielded by powerful Maori chiefs during religious ceremonies.