NEW ZEALAND MAORI NECKLACE Traditional and Contemporary Designs "WORN BY WARRIORS"
The Hei-Tiki is an ornamental pendant of the Maori of New Zealand and is considered a ‘taonga’, meaning a valuable treasure.
This Hei Tiki is holding a traditional Maori weapon called a Kotiate.
The Kotiate was a prized weapon and also favored by chiefs when speech-making. It is a curiously shaped weapon and noted for the carved notches on either side of the blade. The notches were used in a ripping action. The word kotiate literally means 'to divide, split in two'.
According to one tradition, Tiki was the first man born to the Maori Gods, Rangi & Papa and is revered as the bringer of knowledge. It has also been thought that the Hei Tiki is the image of a God, ‘Hei’ meaning to wear around the neck and ‘Tiki’ is the name of the Maori God who created all things.