New Zealand Pounamu Toki/Adze with Tiki. Large
New Zealand Pounamu Toki/Adze with Tiki.
Also known as Toki Poutangata, this taonga was often displayed by people of authority.Representing strength, wisdom and courage. The notches on the side represent whakapapa (genealogy).
To Maori the Hei Tiki was a revered taonga, but the origins of the Tiki are obscure.To some the Hei Tiki is the first man created by Tane.Tiki is said to have held a wealth of knowledge and a great teacher of all things and the wearer would posses similar qualities..In some areas the Hei Tiki would be buried with the guardian and later retrieved by the family and gifted to a family member holding many memories for years to come.It is also believed by some to be a good luck charm and is regarded as a fertility symbol.