New Zealand Pounamu (Jade) Hei Tiki
Medium Contemporary New Zealand Pounamu Hei Tiki
Length: 6.5 cm
Width: 6 cm
To Maori the Hei Tiki was a revered taonga, but the origins of the
Tiki are obscure.To some the Hei Tiki is the first man created by Tane.
Tiki is said to have held a wealth of knowledge and a great teacher
of all things and the wearer would posses similar qualities.
In some areas the Hei Tiki would be buried with the guardian and
later retrieved by the family and gifted to a family member holding many
memories for years to come.
It is also believed by some to be a good luck charm and is regardedas a fertility symbol.