This gorgeous Putiputi Pounamu Hei Tiki - Flower Jade Pendant features translucent shades of green and yellow. It has paua shell inlaid eyes and is bound with muka (tan) adjustable wax cord. It measures 77 x 45 x 8 mm and was hand carved and polished by Alex Sands.
Hei tiki have become iconic emblems of both the Māori people and New Zealand. Hei tiki are highly prized taonga which were treasured and handed down from one generation to another.
The form represents Tiki, the mythical first human and are symbolic of our Tupuna (ancestors) that guide us forward, growing in mana (prestige) with each passing. They were also often given as a protection to pregnant women, but worn by both men and women as symbols of the significance of kinship.
Flower Jade is highly prized and one of the rarest varieties of pounamu. It is only found in the Marsden area of the West Coast New Zealand.