About this object

A tiki (stylised human figure) pendant, with the figure's head on its right shoulder. There are three sets of ribs marked and the eyes are shell-inlaid. There is a suspension hole at the top of the head.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Personal Ornament
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Oceania: Polynesia: New Zealand
  • Date made
    Before 1896
  • Materials
    Nephrite; Abalone (Haliotis sp); Technique: Sawn, ground, polished, drilled
  • Location
    World Museum, Level 3, World Cultures
  • Acquisition
    Purchased from Mrs Laing, 1896
  • Collector
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place collected
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Date collected
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Measurements
    3.7 x 1.1 x 8.2 cm
  • Note
    The figure may represent an ancestor, the first human, or an unborn foetus. Hei tiki are worn as neck pendants by both men and women and passed down in families as heirlooms.

    Attribution: Whanganui, 18th century (David Simmons, October, 1981).
  • Related people
    Mrs Laing (Previous owner)

Where is this object from?


Previous owners

  • Mrs Laing

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Purchase
    Owned until: 1896
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
Object view = Humanities
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