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


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


Place Made

Oceania, New Zealand, South Island, Southland

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Medium and Materials

bowenite pounamu/tangawai


h 75 mm x w 11 mm x d 10 mm

Weight: 8.9g

Object Type

personal effects

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