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.
Toki/moko #2 has been sold.
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.