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Hei tiki; KMBS 0855.1

Hei tiki; KMBS 0855.1
Hei tiki; KMBS 0855.1 Hei tiki; KMBS 0855.1
Hei tiki
About this object
Whalebone hei tiki with paua shell eyes set in red sealing wax. The tiki's head is presented face on.The extended tongue curves towards the tiki's left shoulder. Four holes give shape to the chest and inwardly curved legs. At the top of the head is a suspension hole approx 5 mm in diameter.

Gifted to Katherine Mansfield and her oldest sister Vera Mackintosh Bell by their father Harold Beauchamp in 1903 when they went to London to attend Queen's College, Harley Street. In a letter from Vera Mackintosh Bell to Lady Jane Wild in 1972 Vera states that "This Maori tiki was shown and worn by me and my sister K.M. when as school girls, in London, we wished to be identified as New Zealanders."

Medium and Materials
Paua shell

93 x 56 x 10 mm
Subject and Association Keywords
Kathleen Mansfield Beauchamp (Katherine Mansfield)
Vera Mackintosh Bell (née Beauchamp)
Harold Beauchamp
Object Type
Object number
KMBS 0855.1

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