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Three pendants (hei tiki)

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Nephrite pendants in the form of contorted human figures were the most valued Maori possessions. It has been estimated that it required 750 hours to produce one pendant worn around the necks of both men and women, tiki were passed down through the generations. The imagery on tiki is thought to...

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Credit Line

Gift of Landon T. Clay

Maori peoples, New Zealand, 19th–20th century

Object Place

New Zealand


8.89 cm (3 1/2 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Stone; nephrite jade


Africa and Oceania


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