Greenstone adze with Maori moko, tattoo. Traditional binding, lashing. A beautifully carved greenstone adze, greenstone toki, with Maori moko (tattoo). 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.
A moko is a Maori facial tattoo. Every moko contains ancestral and tribal messages specific to the wearer of the moko.