Matariki Hei Toki/ Adze pendant
Ebony wood, recycled silver, gold and brass, paua shell, waxed cord,
74 x 28 x 8mm
Ag aug23 #27-4
Toki/Adze – greenstone/pounamu toki have a spiritual meaning associated with strength, control, determination and focus.
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.
Hei – to suspend or hang ie from a cord to wear.
Twinkling in the winter sky just before dawn, Matariki (the Pleiades) signals the Maori New Year. For Maori, the appearance of Matariki heralds a time of remembrance, joy and peace. It is a time for communities to come together and celebrate. From 2022, a public holiday marking Matariki will be held in June or July each year.