Pendant

M5204

About this object

A tiki (stylised human figure) pendant in pale green stone, with the figure's rounded head on its right shoulder. There are three sets of ribs marked and the eyes are shell-inlaid. There are the remains of a suspension hole at the top of the head, with a smaller hole nearby which may have been used for this later. There is red sealing wax in the eyes. The legs and the top of head are broken (the latter forming the hole for suspension).

Object specifics

  • Type
    Personal Ornament
  • Culture
    Maori
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Oceania: Polynesia: New Zealand
  • Date made
    1867 before
  • Materials
    Nephrite; Sealing Wax; 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
    6.0 x 1.5 x 9.0 cm
  • Note
    Attribution: Northland, 18th century (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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