Ohau Pakohe Toki

This toki is a gorgeous example of Pakohe.  Carved from a piece of Pakohe gifted to Tim, the original stone is from Ohau Bay on Rangitoto-Ki-Te-Taonga(Durville Island).  The stone is a rare taonga in its own right. In a subtle green-grey, this pakohe toki pendant has intricate patterns and a lovely feel in the hands.

Tim carved the front with softly rounded edges. And left the back raw so the wearer can feel what our Māori tupuna worked with.  Perfect for that person who loves tactile jewellery.

Toki symbolise strength(particularity in time of adversity), courage and fortitude. It was also worn by elders as a symbol of power, wisdom and authority.

This toki is a great size for wearing every day and will also stand alone to give you strength when you need it.

⭐️This is a one-of-a-kind taonga by Timoti, so you can be assured your taonga is as unique as you are.

⭐️95mm length x 55mm width

The Story

Earliest Māori communities recognised the superior qualities of Pakohe with its hardness, strength, and ability to hold a sharpened edge. Pakohe could be re-shaped, sharpened and smoothed which made it an ideal tool for Māori with limited resources. By drastically changing the temperature of Pakohe using fire and water, Māori could break the larger boulders into smaller workable pieces which never lost their strength.

Ngati Kuia is Iwi Pakohe. Pakohe was one of their main exports for trade with other Iwi and Pakeha. Ngati Kuia shipped Pakohe throughout all of Aotearoa. Pakohe was easier to work which made it more popular and practical than Pounamu.



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