Lot 44: A very fine and rare Human bone Tiki

A very fine and rare Human bone Tiki, Maori; New Zealand

The Tiki of bowed shape, the head turned slightly to the right with typical features and Paua shell inlays, the body with spiral motifs at the joint marks, hands to thighs and feet touching. The reverse with clear indication of blood vessel indentations consistent with human skull-cap. Fine old patina and fine carving. Label with the number '2286' to reverse. H. 4 3/8"

Tikis of this type are known from the Middle 19th C. and are found in numerous museums; the British Museum has two examples in its Maori holdings.

Property of an East Coast private collection

Ex. John and Marcia Friede, Rye NY

Price Realized: $4,500

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