jewellery and ornaments

In all cultures, man has practiced the art of jewellery, thereby combining appearance and ceremony.

The attention given to the preparation of objects, the taste for precious materials and the refinement of the motifs bear witness to a fascination with appearances as an indicator of a specific status and a certain opulence.

Generally, this jewellery is emblematic of a form of social authority. But it can also play a role as a protector against adversity depending on the materials used in its making and the accompanying symbols. It is most often a bearer of vital energy.


  • War Charm

  • Woman's Headdress

  • Chieftain's Helmet

  • Male Ear Ornament

  • Pendant

  • Forehead Ornament

  • Men's Chignon Comb

  • Pendant

  • Element of Woman's Headdress: Part That Covers

  • Pendant Worn On the Back

  • Face Veil

  • Anthropomorphic Appliqué Jewelry

  • Necklace

  • Pendant

  • Bird Necklace

  • Hairpin

  • Frontal Headdress (known as "hat of the clan")

  • Large Dance Headdress

  • Feather Headdress

  • Male Figurine

  • Bark Apron



Australia and New Zealand, Oceania, beginning of the 19th Century, jade or nephrite, bone, vegetable fibers, wax, SG.84.225

The tiki is a motif tied in with human representation, and the term "hei" means "pendant." A precious ornament, the tiki "hei" was worn by the Maori and was handed down from generation to generation. Its face combines the traits of man and bird, considered a protector spirit. The tiki "hei" was kept in Wakahuia treasure chests made out of sculpted wood. Its value likewise come from the distant origin of nephrite stones, which were extracted in an isolated area of the southern island. The red wax around tthe eyes bears witness to exchanges with European voyagers.