Tangiwai, Ear Pendant; Unknown; Unknown; RI.W2011.3211
Tangiwai, Ear PendantAbout this object
This is a tangiwai/bowenite pounamu ear pendant. The pendant has a hole drilled by an abrasive cove drill and is probably of European period manufacture.
Different from the common nephrite pounamu, Tangiwai is bowenite and geologically the oldest form of New Zealand greenstone. It is clear like glass and ranges from olive-green to bluish-green in colour. It originates from two isolated locations in Fiordland. Its name originates from the words tangi, ‘to cry’ and wai, ‘water or tears’.
h 75 mm x w 11 mm x d 10 mm