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Pendant

Native NameHei Tiki
Object Number:P3125
Current Location: Collections Storage
Culture:Maori
Provenience: New Zealand
Section:Oceanian
Materials:Greenstone
Shell
Height: 9.8 cm
Width: 4.7 cm
Depth: 1.3 cm
Credit Line:Purchased from W. O. Oldman, 1912
Other Number:27535 - Dealer's Number

Description

Greenstone pendant. Hei tiki. Human figure with oversized head tilted to one side, arms akimbo, legs flexed, feet together. With looped cord and bone button. Rounded head, chin on left shoulder, breast and ribs marked, nose prominent. Paua shell in one eye, perforation through a flange by the left eye.

Greenstone pendants ( 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.

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. 211View Objects related to this Actual Citation

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