Kahurangi Hei Tiki, New Zealand Pounamu
The Tiki is a very ancient symbol and is by far the least understood. There are a number of legends in relation to its meaning. Some say the Tiki came from the stars and that he was the first man of the world. Other theories state that Tiki represents the human embryo. He is believed to have a strong link to the sea - often being depicted with webbed feet.
Perhaps the most accepted meaning of the Tiki is fertility. Often carved with the hands placed on the loins in what is believed to be a direct reference to fertility.
Tiki was respected as the teacher of all things and the wearer of this symbol is therefore seen to possess clarity of thought, loyalty, great inner knowledge and strength of character.
Tiki is also believed to bring good luck and keep evil spirits away.
Size 85mm x 53mm