Greenstone toki or adze by Al Brown from Kura GalleryGreenstone toki or adze by Al Brown from Kura Gallery

Al Brown

Greenstone Toki with stand
arahura river jade/pounamu, kanuka wood stand
183 x 60 x 10mm (toki)
W nov19   #84-2
NZD $980

Arahura or inanga jade (blue/green, white colours) comes from the Arahura River catchment area of the South Island of New Zealand/Aotearoa.

Greenstone toki or adze by Al Brown from Kura GalleryGreenstone toki or adze by Al Brown from Kura Gallery

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.

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