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Hei Tiki, D76.2016

Physical Description

Pounamu/nephrite hei tiki, inanga variety, Arahura source. Head inclined to left.
Right arm with three fingers and thumb on trunk, left arm with three fingers on thigh and thumb on abdomen.
Brows, nose, eyes and elbow joints indicated, mouth has tongue protruding straight over lower jaw, with one tooth indicated in each corner. Genitals indicated - female. fine decorated on nose.
Two suspensory holes each drilled from both sides, that nearest to the nose is well worn and thin towards the outside edge. The other hole is approximately in the centre of the tiki, just above the left eye. Legs joined together and feet delineated by what appears (?) to be stylised female genitalia. High translucency.

Research Notes

Catalogue card:

nephrite hei tiki, head inclined to left.
Right arm with three fingers and thumb on trunk, left arm with three fingers on thigh.
Brows, nose, eyes and elbow joints indicated, mouth has tongue protruding straight, with one tooth indicated in each corner. Genitals indicated - female. fine decorated on nose [illustration]
two suspensory holes each drilled from both sides, that nearest to the nose is well worn and thin towards the outside edge. The other hole is approximately in the centre of the tiki, just above the left eye.
Has M. ED. S. 5 ? on it (i.e. Museum Education Service)
the number may read 51/1/ - information from back of case ? Dart Valley nephrite.
Returned 26/10/76

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Measurements

Maximum dimensions (H x W x D): 152 x 73 x 12mm

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