This Whakapae Aotea stone Hei Tiki has inlaid paua eyes and is bound with a muka (tan) coloured adjustable wax cord. It measures 80 x 60 x 13 mm and was hand carved and polished by Alex Sands.
Hei tiki have become iconic emblems of both the Māori people and New Zealand. Hei tiki are highly prized taonga which were treasured and handed down from one generation to another.
The form represents Tiki, the mythical first human and are symbolic of our Tupuna (ancestors) that guide us forward, growing in mana (prestige) with each passing. They were also often given as a protection to pregnant women, but worn by both men and women as symbols of the significance of kinship.
Aotea is a rare stone only found in South Westland New Zealand. It is made up of green Fuschite, blue Kyanite and white Quartz.