Matakite Kokopu - Pounamu Hei Tiki

Sands Carving Studio


Hei tiki represent the form of the first human, worn by Māori they are a prestigious gift. Hei tiki are a remembrance of Tupuna (ancestors) that guide us forward. Hei tiki can be seen as ornaments of honour and status. 

This piece features three paua shell eyes, one of which is the matakite or third eye, symbolizing the sixth sense and signifying Mauri. Mauri, originating at the tip of the nose, extends upwards to the center of the forehead, and descends to the bottom of the tiki tiki, representing a profound connection to the spiritual world. is inlaid with paua shell eyes and hung with an adjustable muka waxed cord.

This piece was carved by Yuki Tanaka and measures 115 x 73mm