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Pounamu - Jade

At Te Takapū, students learn the revered tradition of carving pounamu (Nephrite-Jade/Greenstone), bone and stone. This tohu (qualification) is for two years and is approximately 40 hours per week, 47 weeks of the year.

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Hei Tiki - 4390PD

Hei tiki are the best known of all Māori adornments. Tiki are symbols of fertility that depict a new-born child. They are often family heirlooms bearing personal names and embodying their wearers lineage. As with most Māori personal adornments, hei tiki are often passed down generationally.

Material: Pounamu (Kawakawa)

Measurements: 102mm x 54mm
$2,250.00

Kapeu - 4393IR

Kapeu are slender adornments with a slight bend at the bottom and were often worn as ear pendants. Kapeu were highly prized and a sign of high rank in Māori society. They are commonly also worn as neck pendants. As with many Māori personal adornments kapeu are often passed down generationally.

Material: Pounamu (Tokatea)

Measurements: 145mm x 12mm x 8mm
$520.00

Aupiko - 3727IR

Whakakaipiko (Aupiko) forms were given as a symbol of endearment. Whakakaipiko are long and slender personal adornments characterised by a ‘piko’ or kink in the body of the pendant. Customarily they were used as a pin for fastening cloaks and may be made from bone, stone, wood or shell. Whakakaipiko are commonly worn as pendants.

Material: Pounamu (Kauraki)

Measurements: 115mm x 14mm
$420.00

Kuru Earrings - 5248IR

Material: Pounamu (Kawakawa)

Measurements: 58mm x 5mm x 5mm
$250.00

Tapatoru Earrings - 5247IR

Material: Pounamu (Tokatea)

Measurements: 47mm x 21mm x 2mm
$250.00

Whakakai Earrings - 5250IR

Material: Pounamu (Kauraki)

Measurements: 63mm x 4mm x 5mm
$250.00

Whakakaipiko - 3340HW

Whakakaipiko forms were given as a symbol of endearment. Whakakaipiko are long and slender personal adornments characterised by a ‘piko’ or kink in the body of the pendant. Customarily they were used as a pin for fastening cloaks and may be made from bone, stone, wood or shell. Whakakaipiko are commonly worn as pendants.

Material: Pounamu (Kawakawa)

Measurements: 140mm x 20mm x 7mm
$390.00

Hei Tiki - 5292IR

Hei tiki are the best known of all Māori adornments. Tiki are symbols of fertility that depict a new-born child. They are often family heirlooms bearing personal names and embodying their wearers lineage. As with most Māori personal adornments, hei tiki are often passed down generationally.

Material: Pounamu (Kawakawa)

Measurements: 107mm x 50mm x 15mm
$1,900.00

Hei Tiki - 5293IR

Hei tiki are the best known of all Māori adornments. Tiki are symbols of fertility that depict a new-born child. They are often family heirlooms bearing personal names and embodying their wearers lineage. As with most Māori personal adornments, hei tiki are often passed down generationally.

Material: Pounamu (Kawakawa)

Measurements: 107mm x 60mm x 14mm
$1,900.00

Rei Niho - 5270IA

The mark of a high Chief was one who wore the hei niho (whale tooth pendant), as the teeth of the sperm whale were highly prized because of their rarity. Usually these pendants had simply etched out eyes to form a head at one end. With actual whale teeth being such a rarity, it became common to fashion the tooth form from other materials.

Material: Pounamu (Kawakawa)

Measurements: 70mm x 58mm x 7mm
$420.00

Hei Matau - 5295HW

Coastal and river-based Māori tribes traditionally used a variety of fishhooks and lures. Hooks and lures varied in shape, material and design. Today hei matau (fishhooks) have become symbolic of traditional Māori technology and continue to symbolize a relationship to Tangaroa, God of the sea.

Material: Pounamu (Kawakawa)

Measurements: 57mm x 47mm
$450.00

Hei Matau - 5299HW

Coastal and river-based Māori tribes traditionally used a variety of fishhooks and lures. Hooks and lures varied in shape, material and design. Today hei matau (fishhooks) have become symbolic of traditional Māori technology and continue to symbolize a relationship to Tangaroa, God of the sea.

Material: Pounamu (Kawakawa)

Measurements: 75mm x 60mm
$490.00