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On View East India Marine Hall, level 2

Object description

  • Maori artist
  • Hei Tiki (neck pendant), about 1800
  • Nephrite, shell
  • Aotearoa (New Zealand)
  • H: 4 in, W: 2 1/4 in, D: 7/8 in (H: 10.2 cm, W: 5.7 cm, D: 2.2 cm)
  • Gift of Captain William P. Richardson, 1807
  • E5528
Maori artist Hei tiki (neck pendant), about 1800 Nephrite, shell New Zealand Gift of Captain William Putnam Richardson, 1802 E5528


East India Marine Society Collection


This is a Maori hei tiki or pendant neck ornament made of dark greenstone. The head of the carved figure tilts to the right and has one eye inlaid with notched haliotis shell and one eye missing the inlay. There is a pronounced ridge above the eyes. Three grooves represent ribs on each side of the body and the hands are outlined with three fingers each resting on the leg. There is a lug for a cord at the top of the pendant.

Exhibition History

  • East India Marine Hall, Peabody Essex Museum; November 15, 2013 through Present