Majestic Tangiwai Pounamu Toki
This taonga will truly make you stand out from the crowd. It is large and bold and strong. A deep green tangiwai with flecks of minerals and re-healed fractures that this taonga a unique piece. It has a gently curving back that makes it soothing to hold and takes the weight out of the size. This taonga is the perfect piece for someone who likes to hold strong wairua in their hands.
115mm length x 45mm max width
Tangiwai is the most ancient form of pounamu. It is bowenite rock, which is different in composition to the more common nephrite.
Tangiwai takes its name from the tears that come from great sorrow. Tangi means “to cry” and wai means “water”, or “tears”. Koko-tangiwai, the longer name for this stone, refers to a deep sorrow that is never completely healed.
The Toki was one of the most important tool for Māori and were used for any number of everyday jobs such cutting down trees, carving out waka, digging 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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