Maori Toki – Pou – Tangata (Ceremonial Adze). Authentic Maori art by our wood carver Jason and also his brother Grant. We have worked with Jason for over 20 years… It was also an honour to work with Jason’s dad Gary. Gary taught both his sons the art of whakairo (wood carving). They are descendants of Te Awhitu, Katerina Te Waihanea and Alexander Bell of the Maniapoto iwi.
Description: Badge of office, symbol of high rank & mana. With Manaia, spiritual guardians & Koru, uncurling fern fronds, growth designs; Tie to Papatuanuku (earth mother); Paua shell eyes. Nephrite jade Blade (Toki). With diamond shape lashing.
Our carver uses native NZ wood (rimu, matai, totara or kauri) to carve this beautiful Maori toki pou tangata.
- Size: Greenstone (pounamu) blade measurements:
140mm long x 5mm thick x 30mm wide top x 60mm wide bottom.
(5.51″ long x 0.2″ thick x 1.18″ wide top x 2.36″ wide bottom)
- Stand: 440mm x 40mm wide (17.32″x1.57″)
Toki: 365mm long x 180mm deep (14.37″x7.09″)
Our artist would need 6-8 weeks lead-time