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.
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.
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.