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    Pendant (Hei-tiki)

    • Culture: Maori
    • Medium: Nephrite, paua shell
    • Place Made: North Island, Hawke Bay, New Zealand
    • Dates: 18th or early 19th century
    • Dimensions: 4 1/2 x 2 x 1/2 in (11.4 x 5.1x 1.3 cm)  (show scale)
    • Collections:Arts of the Pacific Islands
    • Museum Location: This item is not on view
    • Accession Number: 03.211
    • Credit Line: Brooklyn Museum Collection
    • Rights Statement: Creative Commons-BY
    • Caption: Maori. Pendant (Hei-tiki), 18th or early 19th century. Nephrite, paua shell, 4 1/2 x 2 x 1/2 in (11.4 x 5.1x 1.3 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn Museum Collection, 03.211. Creative Commons-BY
    • Image: group, 03.211_03.212_acetate_bw.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
    • Catalogue Description: Green nephrite ancestral pendant known as Hei-tiki. Anything in the shape of a man is a "tiki". Nephrite is a white to dark green variety of jade. In this piece, the Hei-tiki head is tilted to the right. Grooves indicate ribs. Pendant has a prominent breastplate, triangular mouth, and crest on its forehead. From catalogue card: Green jade pendant (hei tiki), the most characteristic of Maori personal ornaments. These pendants are kept in the family for many generations and are worn in remembrance of ancestors; in grotesque animal form. Head tilted right. Grooves indicate ribs. Condition: good.
    • Record Completeness: Good (75%)
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    Recent Comments
    13:41 06/10/2009
    haunting and beautiful...
    22:46 03/15/2010
    This image of a hei tiki appears to be elongated. They are not normally a slender shape like the picture.
    By anthea
    13:06 03/17/2010
    Hi Anthea--
    I took a look at the original transparency and the proportions haven't been skewed--they're the same as the object measurements (4.5 x 2 in.).
    Deb Wythe, Digital Lab

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