Spirit Wrestler Gallery (Vancouver, Canada)

Hei Tiki • Stylized Figure Pendant


  • Medium: pounamu (New Zealand jade), pāua (New Zealand abalone), horn (black goat)
  • Size: 3.5 × 1.75 inches
  • Reference Code: NZX121107

“Tipuna tane hei tiki, male ancestor holding his favourite baton of authority and weapon he mere pounamu. Figure depicted as a miniaturization of a figure type found in poupou (carved wooden side panels) from a whare whakairo (carved house) in the East Coast style.”

Stacy Gordine

Stacy Gordine


Ngāti Porou

(1970- )

“I have been fortunate enough to have a supportive family and met many inspiring people in my life who have encouraged me to follow my talents and passion. My father, a woodcarver himself, imparted his knowledge of woodcraft plus provided a creative environment and stories of my great-uncles Pine and John Taiapa, who were Tohunga Whakairo. I have always respected and been inspired by the artistic achievements by indigenous artisans in Aotearoa and throughout the world.”