Polynesian Carved Greenstone Neck Pendant, Hei Tiki, Maori, New Zealand, 19th century, carved with oval shaped head, chin toward the left shoulder, right hand to the chest, left hand to the thigh, with haliotis shell ringlets around the pupils, pierced at top and bottom for suspension, ht. 6, wd. 3 1/2 in.
Whakaotirangi, the wife of Ruaeo, was kidnapped by Tamatekapua and brought to New Zealand on the Te Arawa canoe. Both Tainui and Te Arawa traditions state that she was responsible for safeguarding the seed of the kūmara (sweet potato) on the voyage. In this carving at Ōtāwhao marae, Te Awamutu, she holds a basket of kūmara.
A maori Pou - Aotearoa
Hei tiki with was eyes
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North Island - Waitakere Ranges, 'pou' at the entrance of the Arataki Visitor Centre. Taken with a Rollei Prego 90 > scan
Maori carving on a pou (guardian post) at Arataki Visitor Centre in the Waitakere Ranges Regional Park, Auckland, NZ
Hei Tiki Paraoa, whalebone amulet with paua shell inlay. The hei-tiki /haɪˈtiːkiː/ is an ornamental pendant of the Māori which is worn around the neck. Hei-tiki are usually made of pounamu which is greenstone, and are considered a taonga (treasure).