Tangiwai, Ear Pendant; Unknown; Unknown; RI.W2011.3211

Name/Title

Tangiwai, Ear Pendant

About 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.

Tangiwai Pounamu:

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’.

Date Made

Unknown

Place Made

Unknown

Subject and Association Keywords

Māori

Medium and Materials

bowenite pounamu/tangawai

Measurements

h 75 mm x w 11 mm x d 10 mm

Weight: 8.9g

Object Type

personal effects

Object number

RI.W2011.3211

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