About this object

A tiki (stylised human) pendant in mid green stone, paler on the back and lower part. The figure's head is on its right shoulder and its body is large with two sets of ribs marked. There is a suspension hole at the top of the head and the shell-inlaid eyes have serrated edges.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Personal Ornament
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Oceania: Polynesia: New Zealand
  • Date made
    1867 before
  • Materials
    Nephrite; Shell; Technique: Sawn, ground, polished, drilled, inlaid
  • 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
    5.7 x 1.5 x 12.6 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: Hauraki, 19th century (David Simmons, October 1981).

    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)

Explore related


  • 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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