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Te Hei Tiki: An Enduring Treasure in a Cultural Continuum

Te Hei Tiki: An Enduring Treasure in a Cultural Continuum (Hardback)

By Austin, Dougal

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An expert guide to the history and the role of hei tiki, a beloved and much prized Maori artform.

ISBN 9780995103146
Published 12 September 2019 by Te Papa Press
Format Hardback
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ISBN-13 9780995103146
ISBN-10 0995103143
Stock Available
Status In stock at publisher; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Te Papa Press
Imprint Te Papa Press
Publication Date 12 September 2019
International Release Date 1 March 2020
Publication Country New Zealand New Zealand
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Austin, Dougal
Category Art Of Indigenous Peoples
Gold & Silversmithing
Jewellery & Jewellery-Making
NZ, Maori & Pasifika
New Zealand & Related
Number of Pages 320
Dimensions Width: 220mm
Height: 250mm
Weight Not specified - defaults to 1,000g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
NBS Text Fine Arts / Art History
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 739.278
Catalogue Code 979582

Description of this Book

Of all Maori personal adornments, the human figure pendants known as hei tiki are the most famous, highly prized and culturally iconic. This book examines and celebrates the long history of hei tiki and the enduring cultural potency of these taonga or cultural treasures. This first book on hei tiki for 60 years is written by the Acting Senior Curator Matauranga Maori at Te Papa, who is a hei tiki expert, and includes a large selection of hei tiki, most from the taonga Maori collections of Te Papa, which is the largest in New Zealand and very likely the world. Many are published here for the first time, including some with exalted histories of ownership. It also covers the work of leading contemporary hei tiki makers.

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Author's Bio

Dougal Austin (Kati Mamoe, Kai Tahu, Waitaha) is Senior Curator Matauranga Maori at the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. He has a particular research interest in the origins, development, cultural use and significance of hei tiki. His current work has included a tour of the Kura Pounamu exhibition in China.

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