Mannequin/life caste of a Maori chief wearing a rain cape over a korowai (tag cloak); holding a taiaha (ceremonial and fighting staff), wearing a hei tiki (neck pendant), and two huia feathers in his hair.
New Zealand necklaces of Maori Hei Matau symbols. They represent Strength, Prosperity, Fertility and a great respect for the Sea. It is believed to grant Safe Passage over Water and has special significance when given as a gift.
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Greenstone (nephrite jade) pendant for high-ranking men and women ("hei tiki"). New Zealand, Maori people; 19th c. Height 8 cm. South Australian Museum, Adelaide. (Acquired 1917.) Shown in Truus Daalder, *Ethnic Jewellery and Adornment*. Footnote: even when we lived in NZ (from 1966-76) these were already always substantially priced and keenly collected. For that matter, Maori art has been admired for a very long time. Source: Ethnic Jewellery and Adornment