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The hei-tiki /haɪˈtiːkiː/ is an ornamental pendant of the Māori which is worn around the neck. Hei-tiki are usually made of pounamu which is greenstone, and are considered a taonga (treasure). They are commonly referred to as tiki, a term that actually refers to large human figures carved in wood, and, also, the small wooden carvings used to mark sacred places. Tourist versions are commonly found throughout New Zealand - these can be made from jade, other types of stone, plastic, or other materials.

Te Mete has used acrylic on canvas, using pastel colouring to enhance a light effect merging layers and layers of paint in the background.

The Artist has then cleverly designed the " Hei Tiki" figure on the foreground and painted the figure on top of the background, The side of the painting are painted red to enhance the totality of the space within the painting.


Limited edition archival canvas prints are available.

Archival prints are stretched on a wooden frame.


Size: 720mm x 510mm approx.


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"The White Hei Tiki"