The shape is also probably due to the fact that tiki were often made from adze blades. Adzes and chisels made from greenstone were also prestige items and the shape of a greenstone adze lends itself to conversion into a tiki. There are several extant examples of half-finished tiki evidently originally small adzes and sometimes on completed tiki, traces of the original cutting end shaping of a adze can be seen, usually at the foot.

The shape is also probably due to the fact that tiki were often made from adze blades. Adzes and chisels made from greenstone were also prestige items and the shape of a greenstone adze lends itself to conversion into a tiki. There are several extant examples of half-finished tiki evidently originally small adzes and sometimes on completed tiki, traces of the original cutting end shaping of a adze can be seen, usually at the foot.

Topic: Kahu huruhuru style of cloak | Collections Online - Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

Topic: Kahu huruhuru style of cloak | Collections Online - Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

Dick Frizzell's 'Mickey to Tiki Tu Meke', a great print by one of my favourite New Zealand artists.

Dick Frizzell's 'Mickey to Tiki Tu Meke', a great print by one of my favourite New Zealand artists.

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