Object photography

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Object description

  • Maori artist
  • Hei-tiki (pendant), early 19th century
  • Pounamu (nephrite jade), paua shell (abalone haliotis), sealing wax, flax
  • New Zealand (Aotearoa)
  • H: 3 5/8 in, W: 2 in (H: 9.2 cm, W: 5.1 cm)
  • Gift of Mr. Stephen W. Phillips, 1924
  • E19164


Maori hei tiki or pendant neck ornament made of greenstone. The figure is carved with two eyes inlaid with shell. The head is tilted to the right and there are no ribs on the body. A thick braided flax cord passes through the hole in the head of the piece, and is wrapped with string. There is a loop on one end of the cord and on the other end a toggle of notched albatross bone.