About this object

A small, elongated flat piece of bone, with one rounded, slightly hooked end and the other end carved with a tiki (humanoid) face and arms in profile. All edges are rounded. The tiki figure has three-fingered hands, and pakati (dog's-tooth notches) and haehae (grooves) form the face. The eyes are shell-inlaid circular discs. The hole at the top of the head suggests that this is a pendant, probably an ear pendant.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Tools; Personal Ornament
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Oceania: Polynesia: New Zealand
  • Date made
    1930 before
  • Materials
    Bone; Shell; Technique: Carved, drilled, inlaid
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Gift of the Trustees of the Wellcome Collection
  • Collector
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place collected
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Date collected
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Measurements
    1.5 x 0.4 x 8.5 cm
  • Note
    Attribution: Possibly carved by Jacob Hebberley, if so, about 1900 (Roger Neich, March 1994).

    Acquired by the Wellcome Historical Medical Museum at Stevens' Auction Rooms, 26-27 August 1930, Lot 707 (Mr Webb).
  • Related people
    J C Stevens (Previous owner); Wellcome Historical Medical Museum (Previous owner)


Previous owners

  • Wellcome Historical Medical Museum

    Owned from: 1930-08-27
    How acquired: Gift
    Owned until: 1951
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • Stevens

    Owned from: 1930-08-27
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1930-08-27
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
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