About this object

A tiki (stylised human) pendant in dark green stone, with the figure's head is on its right shoulder. The top of the head is broken at the back and smoothed off, and a hole has been drilled part way through at the back. There are flat facets and a groove along the back of the figure's right side, and a flat facet at the bottom back.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Personal Ornament
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Oceania: Polynesia: New Zealand
  • Date made
    Before 1861
  • Materials
    Nephrite; Technique: Sawn, ground, polished, drilled
  • Location
    World Museum, Level 3, World Cultures
  • Acquisition
    Purchased from Norwich Castle Museum, 1956
  • Collector
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place collected
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Date collected
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Measurements
    7.0 x 1.5 x 10.5 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: Canterbury (Chris Jacomb, March 1994).

    Acquired by Norwich Castle Museum from Mrs Barker in 1861.
  • Related people
    Mrs Barker (Previous owner); Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery (Previous owner)

Where is this object from?


Previous owners

  • Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery

    Owned from: 1861
    How acquired: Purchase
    Owned until: 1956
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • Mrs Barker

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1861
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
Object view = Humanities
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