Pendant

M5203

About this object

A tiki (stylised human) head pendant in dark green stone, with the chin inclined to the figure's right. There are the remains of a suspension hole at the top of the head, now broken, and the neck area is also broken.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Personal Ornament
  • Culture
    Maori
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Oceania: Polynesia: New Zealand
  • Date made
    1867 before
  • Materials
    Nephrite; Technique: Sawn, ground, polished, drilled
  • Location
    World Museum, Level 3, World Cultures
  • Acquisition
    Gift of Mr Joseph Mayer, 1867
  • Collector
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place collected
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Date collected
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Measurements
    5.1 x 1.1 x 7.0 cm
  • Note
    Attribution: Northland (David Simmons, October 1981).

    The tiki 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.

    Listed in the Catalogue of the Mayer Museum: Prehistoric antiquities and ethnography, Part 2. Charles T Gatty (1882). Item No 734, p 84.

    Catalogue of the Loan Exhibition of Prehistoric Antiquities and Ethnography held at The Walker Art gallery, Liverpool, May 1880. Charles T Gatty 1880.
    Item No 523, page 41.
  • Related people
    Joseph Mayer (Associated Person, previous owner)

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Publications

  • Catalogue of the Loan Exhibition of Prehistoric Antiquities and Ethnography held at The Walker Art gallery, Liverpool, May 1880

    Gatty, Charles T

    Author: Gatty, Charles T
    Publisher:
    Date: 1880
    Description:

  • 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
    Description:

Ownership

Previous owners

  • Joseph Mayer

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