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Pendant

Native NameHei Tiki
Object Number:P2318
Current Location: Collections Storage
Culture:Maori
Provenience: New Zealand
Section:Oceanian
Materials:Greenstone
Shell
Bone
Plant Fiber
Height: 7.7 cm
Length: 25.7 cm
Width: 3.6 cm
Credit Line:Purchased from W. O. Oldman; Subscription of Herbert L. Clark in memory of Edward W. Clark, 1911
Other Number:18745 - Dealer's Number

Description

Greenstone pendant. Hei tiki. Human figure with oversized head tilted to one side, arms akimbo, legs flexed, feet together. Abalone shell eyes. Suspension cord, bone toggle. Label on back reads: Hei Tiki / Maori Jade / New Zealand /Murdering Beach / [?????] cord and Bone Toggle [??] Hei tiki were, and are, treasured Maori ornaments. Their value derives from the hours of labor required to carve the hard material and from association with the ancestors through whose hands the carvings have passed, from generation to generation,

Current & Past Exhibitions:

Five Thousand Years of Vanity (06 Jan 1944 - 28 Feb 1944) View Objects in Exhibition
Polynesia Gallery (28 Jan 1982 - Jun 2010) View Objects in Exhibition

Bibliography:

[Catalogue] Simmons, D. R. 1982. Catalogue of Maori Artefacts in the Museums of Canada and the United States of America.. Auckland. Bulletin of the Auckland Institute and Museum. Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: Pl. 212View Objects related to this Actual Citation

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