Large Maori Hei Tiki Blank, New Zealand height 5 5/8in (14.3cm)
Lot 74
Large Maori Hei Tiki Blank, New Zealand height 5 5/8in (14.3cm)
Sold for US$ 4,000 inc. premium
Auction Details
Lot Details
Large Maori Hei Tiki Blank, New Zealand
Greenstone (probably nephrite)
height 5 5/8in (14.3cm)

Provenance:
English Private Collection
Acquired from the above by the present owner

Finely hand carved and most likely late 18th century or earlier. This is an unusual and rare example of a greenstone blade being carved into a hei tiki, with only one eye carved so far. Most likely, the artist died before completing this work, and because it was considered taboo for another artist to finish the work in fear of disrupting the mana of the people in general, it would have been intentionally left unfinished.
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  1. Fredric Backlar
    Specialist - African, Oceanic and Pre-Columbian Art
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