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2015 "Levitating Hei Tiki In The Pohutukawa"

2015 "Levitating Hei Tiki In The Pohutukawa"




The Artists passion for New Zealand landscapes and in particular the native New Zealand Pohutukawa tree is evident in this elegantly expressive artwork.

Te Mete transcends a spiritual tonality through the use of the golden rich vibrant colours seen in some of his study of the native tree.

"Hei Tiki" is an ornamental pendant of the Māori which is worn around the neck. Hei-tiki are usually made of pounamu which is greenstone, and are considered a taonga (treasure).

The Hei Tiki depicted in this piece of art denotes a new world tone levitating in mid space as a sacred treasure to be held as a taonga by those of which presence is blessed enough to have it watch over them.

One theory of the origin of the hei-tiki suggests a connection with Tiki, the first man in Māori legend. According to Horatio Gordon Robley, there are two main ideas behind the symbolism of hei-tiki: they are either memorials to ancestors, or represent the goddess of childbirth, Hineteiwaiwa. The rationale behind the first idea is that they were often buried when their kaitiaki (guardian) died and would be later retrieved and placed somewhere special to be brought out in times of tangihanga (mourning and associated activities). Because of the connection with Hineteiwaiwa, hei-tiki were often given to a woman by her husband's family if she was having trouble conceiving.

Robley, author of A History of the Maori Tiki, suggested a similarity of some tiki to images of Buddha, which were often fashioned in green jade. He believed they may have been a forgotten memory, in debased form, of these.


Limited edition archival canvas prints are available.

Archival prints are stretched on a wooden frame.


Size: 720mm x 720mm.


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