About this object

A carved bone tiki (stylised human) face, roughly rectangular with a concave back and a suspension hole at the top of the head. Grooves on the forehead form a 'v' shape, with straight notches between. The mouth is hourglass-shaped.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Personal Ornament
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Oceania: Polynesia: New Zealand
  • Date made
    Before 1932
  • Materials
    Bone Whale; Technique: Ground, drilled, polished
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Gift of the Trustees of the Wellcome Collection
  • Collector
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place collected
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Date collected
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Measurements
    5.7 x 1.5 x 6.0 cm
  • Note
    Acquired by the Wellcome Historical Medical Museum at Stevens' Auction Rooms, 1-2 November 1932, Lot 465 (Mr Webb).
  • Related people
    Stevens (Previous owner); Wellcome Historical Medical Museum (Previous owner)

Where is this object from?


Previous owners

  • Wellcome Historical Medical Museum

    Owned from: 1932-11-02
    How acquired: Gift
    Owned until: 1951
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • Stevens

    Owned from: 1932-11-02
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1932-11-02
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
Object view = Humanities
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