PLEASE NOTE THE PHOTO (9) WHERE THIS APPEARS ON THE COVER PAGE OF AN IMPORTANT BOOK! ONE OF THE RAREST DESIGNS! CHECK PHOTOS (7,8) & AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS PAGE FOR MORE INFO. IN MY 10+ YEARS OF TRADING I HAVE NOT SEEN THIS MADE BY ANYONE ELSE!Rare Piece by Internationally Renowned Al Brown! CHECK THE GLOW/TRANSLUCENCY IN AGAINST LIGHT PHOTOS! Fantastic Gift / Taonga / Collection item. Nzgreenstone :- Name synonymous with range, choice and reasonable prices too. The last photos (10 to 12) are for information purpose only. Is an elite NZ artist who has appeared in. Book (photo number 9 is the page from it). Making traditional items is one of Alans specialities and his Artefacts are in collection all over the world. For more info please refer to the photos. Tiki is the most recongnised New Zealand Talisman believed to be the ancestor and is worn with respect and passed on to the next generation. MADE FROM REAL BEAUTIFUL DARK UNIFORM KAHURANGI BUT SLIGHTLY TRANSLUCENT. 3 1/2" X 1 3/4 " X 1/3 Inches (This is TRUE to the actual size). 90 X 45 X 7-8 Mms. The thick braided cord with sliding bound ends. Following information from the book'Comparatively speaking' by H D Skinner. 4.49 Two - headed amulet height 9 cms.
Stated to have been collected about 1850 in "Northern New Zealand". Human body with two legs and arms, clearly rendered. Other arm appears to be present, but this might also be interpreted as an extension of the beak of the head. There are two avian heads, the other one being clearly rendered, with long neck and upper and lower curved beaks and tongue.
On the outline of the upper beak is the suspensory perforation which might also be interpreted as an eye. However the artist has also rendered a second eye in low relief, in this case not perforated. The eye of the head is perhaps rendered by the perforation, but an eye is certainly rendered by a slight cut circular depression.
The details of the second head are obscured by the much clearer right head. In the Otago Museum Amulet collection two headedness occurs only twice. The second example being fig.
In this case the two bird heads have much less details and are imposed terminally on a shell Matau. Made in New Zealand by Elite New Zealand Carver in New Zealand Nephrite greenstone! Prices (for generic stuff not well finished stuff) too!Please check my auctions which offer. My auctions offer you the. The item "UNIQUE ANCIENT DESIGN Dark MANAIA Greenstone Pounamu Jade Art Piece ALAN BROWN" is in sale since Thursday, July 28, 2016. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Cultures & Ethnicities\Pacific Islands". The seller is "nzgreenstone" and is located in Panania, NSW. This item can be shipped worldwide.