Stunning Kawakawa Pounamu Kotiate with Manaia head, carved by Dean Taylor. When worn will hang at a slight angle across the chest similar to a guitar.
Kotiate are a short-handled weapon shaped like a club with a flat elongated edge designed for close combat. Its name means to cut or divide the liver most likely named for its resemblance to the lobed part of a human liver. Maori chiefs often held this weapon while giving speeches. Though they were made from a variety of mediums such as wood or bone ones carved from pounamu were highly prized.
A symbol of courage, respect, strength and will enable you to cut thru life’s obstacles, The Manaia adding a strong protective element.
Pounamu or Greenstone is regarded as a stone sacred to the gods by the Maori of New Zealand. As a Taonga -meaning treasured, and it should be worn with respect and pride. Pounamu is a gift from the heart.