Pounamu Hei Tiki 5.5cm
On a waxed nylon cord. Adjustable length.
5.5 x 3 x 0.4cm
About the Tiki:
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 possess 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 also regarded as a fertility symbol.
No two pieces of pounamu are the same, and every stone is treated with the utmost respect by those who source and carve it.
Renowned for its beauty and strength, the rare stone is highly valued by both Māori and greater New Zealand. While generically known as ‘greenstone’ Pounamu refers to the particular types of hard nephrite jade, bowentine or serpertine found only in southern New Zealand.