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Hei Tiki, O50.022

Physical Description

Nephrite/pounamu, part inanga/part kawakawa varieties, light green to mid green. Head turned to right. No sealing wax. Nostrils indicated, diamond on bridge of nose, crack runs diagonally through top of right eye and left eye lid has two drill point marks side by side.Another two drill points marked on rear adjacent to successful perforation Hands rest on thigh, feet brought together. Perforation drilled from both sides off- centred at top. Rear has feather fracture running from right side of neck to middle back and further feather fractures on lower back through left thigh and leg. Highly polished both sides.

Research Notes

Catalogue card:

Nephrite. Head turned to right. No sealing wax
Nostrils indicated, diamond on bridge of nose. Hands rest on thigh, feet brought together
Perforated centre of top
Oldman Coll 327
On display Hei tiki case
Fig 37 Hei tiki

Provenance

From the collection of William Oldman
Locality:

Measurements

Maximum dimensions (H x W x D): 101 x 60 x 16mm

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