Large Pounamu Lashed Toki Kokopu
Hand-carved pounamu pendant on a tightly braided cord with sliding knots for adjusting.
The Hei Toki Blade is a culturally significant symbol within the Māori culture, representing courage and strength, particularly in times of difficulty. These blades were carved to be used as chisel tools for the practice of Whakairo (traditional wood carving), to craft Marae (meeting houses) and Waka (canoes). Hei Toki pendants were also worn by Māori elders to symbolise power, wisdom and authority.
All of Ernesto’s pounamu is sourced from the Arahura River in the West Coast of the South Island.
Pounamu: Approx 63mm x 24mm
Type of Pounamu: Kokopu
Traditionally lashed with black cord
Sliding knots for adjusting lengthClick here for info on Ernesto Orvalle and to see more of his work
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