Name/Title

Hei Tiki

About this object

Large Hei Tiki (neck ornament) of superb design, a relic of the Ngai Tahu occupation of Kaiapohia Pa, Woodend, Canterbury

Date Made

1500-1800

Place Made

New Zealand

Subject and Association Description

Large superbly sculptured Hei Tiki, head on left shoulder, with distinctive features of squared lug for suspension, and boldly expanded body. This style seems to have been favoured by the Ngai Tahu of North Canterbury. Purchased from the collection of K.A. Webster, London, the tiki is ascribed to :Kaiapoi" but this probably means "Kaiaphia".

Medium and Materials

Translucent apple-green nephrite (pounamu) known as Kahurangi

Measurements

13.5x9.8cm (LW)

Credit Line

Hei Tiki, Canterbury Museum, E163.254, New Zealand

Object Type

Taonga Maori

Object number

E163.254

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green
oceanic
okains
weapon

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