Posted 6 years ago
I like unusual things and this really caught my eye, while I was watching another item on EBay I just happened to see this, I'm quite a impulsive person, I liked it, and manage to buy it. This and the brooch are what I bought yesterday, they are going to the UK, I don't know when I'll be travelling there, so I hope you don't mind the sellers photos.
I did some research before I bought it, it is a Maori Hei-tiki Nephrite pendant. The Maori highly value these personal ornaments. In some Maori origin beliefs Tiki was the first man having been created by the God Tane, and carvings of human figures in any material whether Whalebone, stone, wood or Nephrite may be called Tiki.
The Hei-Tiki are worn by men or women usually hanging from the neck either vertically or sometimes horizontally. Hei-Tiki are family heirlooms and have their own personal names. Many Hei-Tiki are remembered in tribal songs and oral histories, their mana or prestige deriving from close contact with those great ancestors who had worn it in the pass.
With the introduction of metal tools during the 19th century Nephrite adze soon became obsolete, but the Jade retained a value among both Maori and Europeans, who were eager to obtain Hei-Tiki as a beautiful curiosity. To meet the demand Nephrite adze were converted to Hei-Tiki, such as this one, they betray their origin as a adzes by the remains of a beveled cutting edge across the bottom and the overall adzes shaped line
Many thanks for looking.