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Hei Tiki, D19.152

Physical Description

Pounamu/nephrite hei tiki, kawakawa variety, dark green. Head tilted to the right with perforation top centre drilled from rear. Eyes incised, nose and mouth worn but tongue protrudes over lower lip. Breasts/ribs indicated, arms with distinctive elbows and forearms with three fingered hands sitting on thighs. Female genitalia broadly identifiable, legs folded together beneath body. Rear side of hei tiki flattened from an original surface.

Research Notes

Later entry:
This hei - tiki had been in O. M. from earliest time. The card was printed in Parker's hand. Gift of G. Sise
"Stated by Murdoch to have been secured by Sise from skipper of an Amur R. boat. Skipper's wife was a Maori". George Sise

Catalogue card:

Dark Greenstone
Secured by Mr Sise in 1861 at Nicolaefsky on the Amur River from Captain Wilson who had traded with New Zealand in the 'fifties.
Later entry:
Fig 17 Hei tiki

Provenance

Secured by Mr Sise in 1861 at Nicolaefsky on the Amur River from Captain Wilson who had traded with New Zealand in the 'fifties. Captain Wilson
Traded out of New Zealand in the
First Hei Tiki in Museum
Locality

Measurements

Maximum dimensions (H x W x D): 110 x 66 x 10mm

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