Tangiwai, Ear Pendant; Unknown; Oceania, New Zealand, South Island, Southland; R...

Name/Title

Tangiwai, Ear Pendant

About this object

This is a bowenite tangawai pounamu ear pendant. The pendant has a hole drilled by an abrasive cove drill and is probably of European period manufacture.

Tangawai Pounamu:

Different from the common nephrite pounamu, Tangiwai is bowenite and geologically the oldest form of New Zealand greenstone. It originates from two isolated locations in Fiordland and is known as the tear-water stone. The name originates from the words tangi, ‘to cry’ and wai, ‘water or tears’. Tangiwai comes from great sorrow and is associated with sad stories and legends. The translucent clear glass like olive green to bluish green tones of the stone give a sense of this sorrow.

Date Made

Unknown

Place Made

Oceania, New Zealand, South Island, Southland

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

Copyright Licence  

All rights reserved

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