Maori Touchstone Toki Pendant
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Carved into a columnar shaped basalt river stone gathered from Birdling Flats, near Lake Ellesmere in New Zealand, this pendant is hand carved with a traditional Maori symbol by Maori master artists.The Maori believe that stones, called Kohatu Pa, contain life essence inanimate. Such energy can then be shaped and channeled by carving specific patterns into the stone, so it is said that every stone and every pattern is meant to be together, energy matched with pattern.
The shape of the Toki pendant evokes the adze, the master carvers tool and has it's own meaning, of strength, focus, control and determination - the energy of the carver at work, creating multiple layer of meanings in one simple stone.
Suspended from a simple black waxed cotton cord that is adjustable in length up to 24", it can be worn in the shower, at the beach, or anywhere else and is equally popular with men and women. Each necklace comes in a gift box with a card that explains the story of the piece and the meaning of the carving.
A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this necklace goes to fund the protection of Te Roto O Wairewa [Lake Forsyth] in partnership with the Wairewa Runanga – the Kaitiaki [Guardians] of the Lake.
Pendant measures 2" long by 5/8" wide by 1/2" thick.
Handmade in New Zealand.