Beautifully carved greenstone adze, greenstone toki, with Maori engraving. The adze has the traditional binding, lashing.
The 'hei toki' represents strength, authority and mana. In the early days the toki (adze) was used as a tool. Nowadays it is a ceremonial treasure - taonga representing courage and strength in hard times. The toki represents great power and the toki were often gifted to warriors and chiefs.