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Hei Ata Āhua is inspired by the shadow of a hei tiki from Cook's second voyage. The hei tiki (1886.1.1167 Collection of Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford, UK) was collected by Johann Reinhold Forster and/or George Forster on Captain Cook's second Resolution voyage, possibly on 4 June 1773 in Queen Charlotte Sounds. The shadow was first captured by photogram in a collaboration by Areta Wilkinson and Mark Adams.
The hei tiki is 25ct Ōtakau (Otago) Gold. The feather toggle is 24ct Te Tai Poutini Gold (Māori Creek on West Coast, South Island). The cord is Fine Silver (term for pure silver). The feather is a kūkupa feather (Ngai Tahu term for Kereru).
- Hei Ata Āhua
- Production date
- 24ct Ōtakau and Te Tai Poutini gold, fine silver
- 95 x 60 x 9 mm
- Credit line
- Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, commissioned 2017
- Accession no
- Copyright restrictions apply
- New Zealand Art
- Display status
- Not on display
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