Hei-Tiki, jade, New Zealand, 19th century. The Tiki carvings are found thoughout Polynesia but in New Zealand they were carved from the local greenstone (jade) and worn as treasure. This early one was probably carved without metal tools and has paua (mother-of-pearl) shell inlay in the eyes.
Maori hei tiki, pounamu or nephrite greenstone.
New Zealand | Four 'Hei-Tiki' pendants from the Maori people; nephrite || A) H: 12 cm, B) H: 10 cm, C and D) H: 8 cm. | A) Est. 10'000 - 15'000€ and Lots B, C, D sold as a single lot, Est 12'000 - 15'000€ ~ (June '15)