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Pendant

Native NameHei Tiki
Object Number:29-180-3
Current Location: Collections Storage
Culture:Maori
Provenience: New Zealand
Section:Oceanian
Materials:Greenstone
Shell
Height: 6.1 cm
Credit Line:Bequest of Maxwell Sommerville, 1904
Other Number:2619 - Sommerville Gem Number
29-128-2619 - Old Museum Number

Description

Greenstone pendant. Hei tiki. Human figure with oversized head tilted to one side, arms akimbo, legs flexed, feet together.Eyes inlaid with Haliotis (Paua) shell. The perforation for suspension is visible in front. See 29-180-4 and 29-180-5. 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.

Hei tiki. Rounded head, serrated paua in eyes, nose and triangle, mouth worn away. Raised line for breasts, shoulderswell modelled.

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. 211 c (left of bottom four)View Objects related to this Actual Citation

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