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Pendant

Native NameHei Tiki
Object Number:62-1-1
Current Location: Collections Storage
Culture:Maori
Provenience: New Zealand
Locus: Maori
Date Made: Early 19th century
Early Date: 1800
Late Date: 1850
Section:Oceanian
Materials:Greenstone
Gum
Height: 9.7 cm
Width: 6.6 cm
Depth: 0.9 cm
Credit Line:Gift of Edward M. James, 1962

Description

Greenstone pendant. Hei tiki. Human figure with oversized head tilted to one side, arms akimbo, legs flexed, feet together. Very fine. Remains of gum in eyes. Back slightly rounded. Original piercing broken and new piercing made just below.

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
[Catalogue] Wardwell, Allen. 1967. The Sculpture of Polynesia.. The Art Institute of Chicago. Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: p. 97, No. 146View Objects related to this Actual Citation

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