Hei Tiki [TEAL]

Tasman Empire Airways Limited, Commissioned by

1940-1965
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Maker and Role
Tasman Empire Airways Limited, Commissioned by
Production Date
1940-1965
Description
A small plastic dark green tiki in original plastic packaging with unbroken seal. Tiki has red eyes and a hole in the forehead for a string to go through (though no string is included in the package). Information is printed on the reverse of the packaging which describes the relevance of the tiki. Inflight giveaway as souvenir.
Other Name
Tiki
Collection
Media/Materials
Processed Material/Synthetic/Plastic
Processed Material/Synthetic/Plastic
Signature/Marks and Type
'NEW ZEALAND'S INTERNATIONAL AIRLINE linking Australia, New Zealand, Norfolk Is.,Fiji, Samoa, Cook Is. and Tahiti' This is stated on the reverse: 'Tiki was a legendary god of the N.Z Maori and symbolic forms appear in many carvings. Representations in greenstone are commonly worn as good luck charms. The tiki is often referred to in Polynesian mythology and his image, in carved human form, is found on most South Pacific Islands to which TEAL flies.' Printed
TEAL / NEW ZEALAND'S INTERNATIONAL AIRLINE / linking Australia, New Zealand, Norfolk Is., Fiji, Samoa, Cook Is., and Tahiti Logo
Tiki was legendary god of the N.Z. Maori and sym- / bolic forms appear in many carvings. Representations / in greenstone are commonly worn as good luck charms. / This tiki is often referred to in Polynesian mythology and his image, in carved human form, is found on / most South Pacific Islands to which TEAL flies. Logo
Accession No
2006.192
Credit Line
Tasman Empire Airways Limited. 1940-1965. Hei Tiki [TEAL], 2006.192. The Museum of Transport and Technology (MOTAT).
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