Hei Tiki Pounamu Taonga with Paua Eyes

Paora Martin
SKU: 11773
Availability: 1 in stock


Hei Tiki Poumanu

This gorgeous Pounamu Hei Tiki is carved in New Zealand by our Taonga carver, Paora Martin.

Pounamu is renown for its highly protective hearts-space vibration.

Hei Tiki is the chief son of Rangi and Papa (the Sky Father and the Earth Mother). The belief is some tiki serve as dwelling places for ancestral spirits, while others are vessels for gods and spiritual beings.

According to Te Papa, New Zealand’s national museum, the origin of the hei tiki pendant is obscure. One theory is that the hei tiki represents Hine-te-iwaiwa, a celebrated ancestress associated with fertility and the virtuous qualities of Maori womanhood. In marriage, the family of the husband often gave a hei tiki to the bride to help her conceive. In some Maori tribes, the hei tiki was buried when their guardian (the wearer) died and would later be retrieved and brought out in times of mourning. It would then be handed to the next generation to be worn. This is how the mana (importance) of the tiki continued to increase. Hei Tiki is also known as a protector from harmful spirits, and helps with clarity, perception, spiritual guidance and is a symbol of good luck.

Paua is believed to strengthen the body and the heart of the wearer. With a stronger heart and body, the person is thought to be able to communicate their feelings more clearly. The Maori believe the Paua will bring connectivity and harmony to relationships. The way the colours of the shell shift in the light is also a symbol of change and transition in our Maori culture.

Artist Paora Martin Whakapapa.

Ko Tainui te waka

Ko Tainui Taku iwi

Ko Ngati Whawhakia taku hapu

Ko Taupiri te maunga

Ko Te Ohaki te puia Marae

If your space demands something unique, contact Christine Rabarts for your personal in-house art consultation.

M: 027 629 7408

E: art@christinerabarts.com

Other clients recently bought...