The rectangular shape derives from the fact that many hei tiki were made from toki or adze blades that were replaced by steel tools. In my view these figures were transference of wood carved figures to the medium of stone, therefore representing a tipuna (ancestor).
“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.”
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