Some Maori walking sticks have a handle and some don't - this is one without a handle. Often a plaited rope is attached to the top of the stick, so it can be worn around the wrist.
In Maori tradition, the Tokotoko (a ceremonial carved walking stick) is a symbol of the authority and the status of a speaker on the Maori marae (meeting ground), and it tells of the history from which that authority comes. The carving may represent an ancestor or a legend. I have fond memories of seeing great Maori orators swinging their tokotoko about to make a point in their speech.
This carved Tokotoko is embellished with a Tekoteko tiki face at the top. The tekoteko is a human-like figure most commonly placed on the gable of a house or gateway, and is there to ward away evil spirits. The walking stick is made out of a native timber called Tawa, and is stained a traditional brown color. It is 36 1/4" long, handcarved, with a rubber foot.
Enjoy this fine piece of Maori carving, as a decorative item or gentle support. It should not replace an orthopaedic walking stick.
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