Maori Nephrite Jade Hei Tiki Carving (circa 1900-1920)
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Directory: Archives: Regional Art: Oceanic: Pre 1920: Item # 630025
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This New Zealand Maori Jade Carved Hei Tiki measures 2 3/4 inches by 2 inches and is about 3/8 of an inch in thickness.
It dates from the early 20th century or even earlier.
It is carved from an outstanding piece of deep green jade with a small, lighter colored feather in between the eyes. The edges show translucence when held up to the light.
The third close up photo shows a somewhat similar carving with a much higher estimate that is an illustration in a recent book on Tribal art.
The illustration of another old jade tiki with a $6,000 -$10,000.00 estimate is only shown for comparison. It is not being offered here.