Greenstone Toki with stand
arahura river jade/pounamu, kanuka wood stand
183 x 60 x 10mm (toki)
W nov19 #84-2
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 strength (mana).
Before toki became ornamental they were an everyday tool (adze) used in cutting and digging. They were also lashed into expertly carved wooden shafts and wielded by powerful Maori chiefs during religious ceremonies.