About this object

A tiki (stylised human) pendant in dark green stone, with the carving on the face worn smooth. The figure's head is on its right shoulder. A groove along the top of the head may indicate the remains of a suspension hole. There is red sealing wax in the eyes.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Personal Ornament
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Oceania: Polynesia: New Zealand
  • Date made
    Before 1867
  • Materials
    Nephrite; Sealing Wax; Technique: Sawn, ground, polished, possibly drilled
  • Location
    World Museum, Level 3, World Cultures
  • Acquisition
    Gift of Joseph Mayer
  • Collector
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place collected
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Date collected
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Measurements
    8.5 x 1.5 x 15.0 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: pre-European (Pare Hopa, May 1993).

    Listed in the Catalogue of the Mayer Museum: Prehistoric antiquities and ethnography, Part 2. Charles T Gatty (1882). Item No 734, p 84.
  • Related people
    Joseph Mayer (Associated Person, previous owner)

Where is this object from?

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  • Catalogue of the Mayer Museum: Prehistoric antiquities and ethnography, Part 2.

    Gatty, Charles T

    Author: Gatty, Charles T
    Publisher: The Committee of the Liverpool Free Public Library, Museum and Gallery of Art
    Date: 1882


Previous owners

  • Joseph Mayer

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: 1867
    Owned until: 1867
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
Object view = Humanities
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