Spirit Wrestler Gallery (Vancouver, Canada)

Hei Tiki • Stylized Figure Pendant


  • Medium: silver, pāua (New Zealand abalone)
  • Size: 2 × 1.5 inches
  • Edition: 10
  • Reference Code: NZ111152

The importance of these silver tiki is taking a traditional Māori design and not producing them in traditional materials of bone, pounamu or wood, but instead creating them in the precious international medium of sterling silver. The idea is to take these Māori-inspired designs to a new audience. Each tiki is individually cast, then each is reworked with carving detail, patina, polishing and pāua inlays. Each silver design is an edition of 10.

Lewis Tamihana Gardiner

Lewis Tamihana Gardiner


Te Arawa, Ngāti Awa, Whanau a Apanui, Ngāi Tahu

(1972- )

Lewis Gardiner is regarded as one of the most innovative and respected Māori jade artists of his generation. In 1994, he graduated in Māori Craft and Design at the Waiariki Institute of Technology in Rotorua. During his final year he was introduced to the valuable medium of pounamu (jade) and was immediately attracted to its artistic possibilities. Māori had always valued pounamu for both its hardness and for its translucent beauty. Lewis was no different — as he says, “Our tupuna (ancestors) have given us, the Māori people, the resource and knowledge base to provide a reference for us and our children for years to come.”