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Hei Tiki; 1500-1800; New Zealand; E163.254

Hei Tiki, 1500-1800, New Zealand, E163.254
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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