Neck Pendant (Hei-tiki)

Neck Pendant (Hei-tiki)

1800s

Greenstone (pounamu) (nephrite?)

Overall: 16.9 x 10.2 cm (6 5/8 x 4 in.)

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. James B. Wadhams in memory of Miss Helen Humphreys 1969.107

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Hei-tiki may represent Hine-te-Iwaiwa, a legendary ancestress who is the exemplar of Māori womanhood.

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Among the Māori, leaders are hereditary and imbued with mana, power and prestige that can be embodied and passed down in the artworks associated with them. Hei-tiki are among these treasured, mana-charged heirlooms, which connect the living to ancestors of the islands’ pre-European past. They may represent Hine-te-Iwaiwa, a legendary ancestress who is the exemplar of Māori womanhood and the patron of childbirth.

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