NZ Greenstone Inanga/Mutton Fat Toki Pendant - 80mm
NZ Greenstone Inanga/Mutton Fat Toki Pendant.
The inanga variety of pounamu takes its name from inanga – a native freshwater fish (Galaxias maculatus). ... Inanga pounamu resembles the pale colour and transparency of the mata (young whitebait).
Inanga pounamu is described as pearly-white or grey-green, and varies from translucent to opaque.
This piece has been crafted out of New Zealand Tangiwai Pounamu stone from the West Coast of the South Island.
This design represents the Toki or Adze ("adz" in American English) which was used to carve the great canoes and also to cut and work timber for the fortresses or Pahs in which the Maori lived.
It was such an important tool in Maori life that it became regarded as a symbol of power, authority and good character.
This piece has been finished off with an adjustable black waxed cord.
Size 80 x 25mm.