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Hei Tiki, D13.7

Physical Description

Nephrite/pounamu hei tiki, inanga variety, feather fractures, low translucency and some chatoyancy, Whakatipu source. Low temperature heat treated.Pale green and black markings. Head turned to right, good definition of forked tongue. Arms with elbows sitting on thighs but no definition of hands or fingers. Deep set eyes with eyelid rim. One line marked on lower abdomen indicating female genitalia and breast evident. Original suspension hole broken out and two other holes started from back but uncompleted.

Provenance

Locality:
Belonged to Dr Thomas Hocken
Given to Dr Hocken by Sir George Grey

Measurements

Maximum dimensions (H x W x D): 95 x 64 x 13mm

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