MAORI NECKLACE Traditional and Contemporary Designs "WORN BY WARRIORS"
The Hei-Tiki is an ornamental pendant of the Maori of New Zealand and is considered a ‘taonga’, meaning a treasure or anything highly prized.
According to one tradition, Tiki was the first man born to the Maori Gods, Rangi & Papa and is revered as the bringer of knowledge. It has also been thought that the Hei Tiki is the image of a God, ‘Hei’ meaning to wear around the neck and ‘Tiki’ is the name of the Maori God who created all things.
45mm x 45mm (1.77” x 1.77”)
Maori Inspired Design
Cattle Bone and Paua Shell
This unique piece is a stylized circular Tiki with Paua shell eyes, Hand carved from Beef bone.
The circle is a universal symbol with extensive meaning. It represents the notions of totality, wholeness, original perfection, the Self, the infinite, eternity, timelessness and God (God is a circle whose center is everywhere and whose circumference is nowhere).
Contorted figures with the face in profile are manaia and full face figures are Tiki. If you look at this piece as two half's, then flip one side, this figure becomes a Tiki.