Iti Maunga Toki – small maunga toki
A lovely wee taonga carved from a rare and beautiful Tangiwai from Piopiotahi(Milford Sounds). With beautiful gold markings and a shimmering silver centre, this wee toki is a little bit magical.
The maunga coupled with a toki shape seems a fitting piece for this rare Tangiwai taonga. Maunga are strong, resilient and the core of our identity as Māori. Coupled with the perseverance, courage and fortitude of the toki, this taonga symbolises many wonderful characteristics. It would be the perfect gift for tamariki or rangatahi. However, it would be equally as fitting on an adult.
⭐️This is a one-of-a-kind taonga by Timoti. So you can be assured your taonga is as unique as you are.
⭐️64mm length x 39mm wide
Maunga are at the centre of who we are and where we come from. Your maunga sits amongst the centre of your pepeha.
Maunga are the heights of the feminine beauty of Papatūānuku. And they are her tendrils of love reaching high for Ranginui. Ranginui and Tawhirimatea always reside with Papatuanuku wherever her maunga pierces the veil of the sky.
Maunga bring emotional stability and strength, for the roots of a maunga go deeper then it’s height, down into the very heart of Papatūānuku.
Maunga are strong and resilient, they can be shaken but they will not break. But maunga also change over time as weathering shapes them, just as we are shaped by our experiences in life.
Toki were also one of the most important tool for Māori and were used for any number of everyday jobs such as cutting down trees, carving out waka, digging the ground, Moa hunting and food preparations.
Because the toki had to be strong to endure the cutting and scraping motions of its use it became a symbol of strength(particularity in time of adversity), courage and fortitude. It was also worn by elders as a symbol of power, wisdom and authority.
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