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324 item(s) found:
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Fine wahaika hand weapon, rounded blade finely carved with haehae and pataki surface decoration overall, two raised carved figures to either side of club, both with inlaid paua shell eyes, one holding mere pounamu also with carved manaia form sitting to th
Superb 18th century hei tiki pounamu greenstone pendant in human form, pointed chin with hour glass suspension hole, head tilted to left, right arm to chest and left arm to thigh (legs missing), height 10 cm
Rare early 19th century hei tiki pounamu greenstone pendant in human form (referred to as the 'Fire tiki'), three suspension holes to head (two worn through), head tilted to left, right arm to mouth, left arm to thigh, length 9 cm Provenance: Jacob
Hei tiki pounamu greenstone pendant in human form, head tilting to right with arms on thighs and pierced hole for suspension, length 8 cm Provenance: This hei tiki was the property of William page (died 1926) who managed 'Te Kopi' a sheep station
Mere pounamu, a well-proportioned and finely carved weapon with a good weight and elegant form, a quality piece of pounamu. The blade of deep-green nephrite leads to a butt end with eight carved grooves and a pierced hole. Length 33 cm
An early/mid-20th century Maori pounamu hei tiki, open heart form mouth with chin to left shoulder, hands clasped to thighs, semi-translucent mid-dark green tone and in good polish. Not registered. Height 7.5 cm
A Maori pre-European stone hand club (patu onewa), traditional spatulate blade with some chipping, narrowing to a reduced grip with three defined grooves to the butt end, hour-glass suspension hole, polished all over. Length 30.7 cm
Koropepe pounamu very rare and early adornment, spiral shape which leads to koru form design at the end of the tail, representing a mythical bird or eel/fish form, extremely good example with well defined facial features, inset eyes, raised notch to beak,
Early hei tiki pounamu stunning early example in orthodox stance, well defined facial features, ribs and limbs with head tilting to the right and two pierced well worn hourglass shaped suspension holes, height 7.5 cm
Hei tiki pounamu large and important tiki, translucent stone with head tilting to the right, large dominant chest and arms resting to the top of the thighs, pierced hole for attachment, height 10.5 cm. Provenance: formerly owned by Mrs. Maora Tamihana of W
Hei tiki pounamu contact period, asymmetrical form with right hand to chest and left hand to thigh, suspension hole flared on reverse, height 10 cm. Provenance: Neil Darroch collection, formerly purchased Dunbar Sloane 1988
A large modern quality Maori greenstone mere (mere pounamu), the large spatulate blade of good proportion, narrowing to a waisted grip, tapering suspension hole, four concentric ridges to the butt, the good mid/dark tone with pale and dark included highlig
A large 160kg N.Z. nephrite/pounamu boulder, large oval flattened form with polished top showing good dark green tone with pale and black flecked inclusions, natural river worn base. 80 cm x 53 cm x 150 approx.
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