Toki - Adze
Toki were originally a practical tool employed in axes, chisels and weaponry.
They were also used in toki poutangata, a purely ceremonial taonga (treasure) wielded by the leader in the tribe with the most importance.
The new age understanding of the design is that it represents strength and courage. This is because it had to be strong so as not to break when being used as a tool, and because only strong important individuals wielded the toki poutangata in traditional Maori society.
Measurements: 3.4cm x 4.5cm
While the size, shape and design of your piece will closely match the photographed item, bear in mind that each raw-stone has unique characteristics formed over millions of years, giving every carved piece it’s own identity, colour and character.