Greenstone toki pendant by Al Brown from Kura GalleryGreenstone toki pendant by Al Brown from Kura Gallery

Al Brown

Greenstone Toki pendant
marsden flower jade/pounamu, red cord
65 x 42 x 3mm
W nov19   #80-1

Marsden flower jade comes from the Marsden Area of the South Island of New Zealand.

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.