An incredible and magnificent high quality, handcrafted Tiki with amazing definition of the features that make a Tiki what it is. Carved from Inanga Flower Jade Greenstone with Paua inlay eyes highlighting the attention to detail that makes this carver stand out. A fantastic carving to be worn with honour and pride.
According to legends Tiki was the first man on Earth who originated from the stars. The first mortal person who created the first woman after his image. The exact meaning of the Tiki is disputed. There are several opinions but the most accepted are that the Tiki stands for fertility. Traditionally regarded as a good luck charm meant to keep evil spirits away.
Genuine West Coast Inanga Greenstone from the Arahura River area, West Coast. A grey-green colour. It is either very translucent or quite opaque. Highly prized by the Maori and the desired material for making Mere and Patu. The most prized Greenstone in New Zealand is Flower Jade, Greenstone with pale green or ochre clouds of colour. This distinctive patterning and colouring come from the outside rim or 'rind' of the greenstone boulders or stones where the surface has oxidised.
Hand Carved by Tim Steele
90mm long x 40mm wide x 12mm thick
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