Lot 37: A fine Maori tiki

People: Maori
New Zealand
Height: 3 ¼"
Of classical form, the figure with head turned to left, typical treatment of arms and legs forming a secondary face in the openwork; the eyes with remains of a black residue, probably once a binding agent for shell inlay; perforated at the top and drilled from either side. Lightly rubbed from extended use, though no evidence of machine polishing. Fine dark variegated serpentinite; moderately translucent at the edges.

Ex. Collection J. Schwartz, Greenwich, CT; a European private collection; a NY private collection.

Price Realized: $3,000

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