There is some variety in the forms of tiki but this variation has not been very fully studied in relation to region of origin. The head inclined left or right appears to have no particular significance. One clear variation is between tiki with the head upright and those with the head tilted sideways.

4 Maori Symbol Necklaces and their Meanings

Pounamu (jade) tiki symbol necklaces by master carver Ewan Parker_Symbolizes Fertility & Childbirth

The eyes are often filled with red sealing wax of European origin. Wax was added to the eyes of older tiki, and some have paua (Haliotus, the abalone) shell eyes.

Art Work of the Week: Our Maori Hei Tiki Pendant

Maori peoples art - Hei Tiki - Nephrite, haliotis shell - Aotearoa, New Zealand - beautiful New Zealand Greentone ~

In New Zealand, however, tiki is usually applied to the human figure carved in greenstone as a neck ornament. The full name is hei-tiki.

In New Zealand, however, tiki is usually applied to the human figure carved in greenstone as a neck ornament. The full name is hei-tiki.

The arrival of 19th century technology allowed a major burst of commercial manufacture of tiki mainly for a New Zealand market. Many supposedly old tiki date from the late 19th century and reveal themselves through details such as the suspension perforation being straight sided. Some nephrite ornaments were gold mounted in the 19th century.

The arrival of 19th century technology allowed a major burst of commercial manufacture of tiki mainly for a New Zealand market. Many supposedly old tiki date from the late 19th century and reveal themselves through details such as the suspension perforation being straight sided. Some nephrite ornaments were gold mounted in the 19th century.

Not all Hei Tiki are made of jade - some can be made of ivory or others

tracey tawhiao - artist and daniel 'hype the native' haimoana dam native - mc and musician artist;

Tiki remain prestige items in New Zealand today; heirlooms (toanga) in Maori families and European families as well. They are worn by Maori on ceremonial occasions. Most tiki are not ancient and some are 19th century commercial products but nonetheless highly valued treasures to their owners.

Tiki remain prestige items in New Zealand today; heirlooms (toanga) in Maori families and European families as well. They are worn by Maori on ceremonial occasions. Most tiki are not ancient and some are 19th century commercial products but nonetheless highly valued treasures to their owners.

Tiki or heitiki are most commonly made from nephrite, a stone related to jade and found in several places in New Zealand's South Island. It is called pounamu in Maori, greenstone in New Zealand English. The Maori name for the South Island, Te Wai Pounamu, refers to this stone.

Pendants Maori The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston “Neprite pendants in the form of contorted human figures were the most precious kind of jewelry for the Maori. They became important heirlooms, gaining mana with each generation. The Maori wore them.

early European visitors saw men wearing the hei-tiki and it is probable that the squat shape of the figure was influenced by the hardness of the material and that it was later likened to an embryo and endowed with magical powers.

Finch & Co - New Zealand Maori Carved Whalebone Hei-Tiki Pendant

Tiki Pendant

Tiki Pendant

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Hei tiki – neck pendant – Māori clothing and adornment – kākahu Māori

Ivory tiki - not as common as the green stone, but is alternate

Ivory tiki - not as common as the green stone, but is alternate

Alternate tiki design

Hei Tiki means pendant of Human Form in Maori. Hei Tiki are made from varieties of a green stone called Pounamu and are minature

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