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Pendant

Native NameHei Tiki
Object Number:P2317
Current Location: Collections Storage
Culture:Maori
Provenience: New Zealand
Date Made: Before 1877
Early Date: 1800
Late Date: 1877
Section:Oceanian
Materials:Greenstone
Technique:Carved
Height: 9.6 cm
Width: 7.9 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. Pierced at top for suspension cord. Said to have been collected on Captain Cook's third voyage, in 1777, by Midshipman Burr of H.M.S. "Discovery." 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:

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: Plate 211 a (top left) View Objects related to this Actual Citation
[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: p. 322View Objects related to this Actual Citation

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