Pounamu pendant; Unknown; Circa 1915; KMBS 0946.1

Name/Title

Pounamu pendant

About this object

This hei pounamu belonged to Katherine Mansfield’s younger brother, Leslie Heron Beauchamp, who was killed on 7 October 1915 while serving in the First World War. He was 21 years old.

Leslie had been given the hei pounamu as a farewell gift by Dr Albert Martin and it was sent to Mansfield after Leslie’s death.

It is carved from bowenite, a rare type of glass-like pounamu mainly found at the entrance to Piopiotahi/Milford Sound. Known to Māori as tangiwai (tear water) its longer name, koko-tangiwai, refers to a deep sorrow that is never completely healed.

Gift of Dr Nora Crone, 1998.

Maker

Unknown

Maker Role

Maker

Date Made

Circa 1915

Period

20th century

Place Made

New Zealand

Medium and Materials

Bowenite (Pounamu) stone
Ribbon

Inscription and Marks

None

Measurements

Pendant H x W - 80 x 22 mm
Ribbon length -470 mm (approx)

Subject and Association Keywords

Dr Albert Martin

Subject and Association Keywords

Leslie Heron Beauchamp

Subject and Association Keywords

Kathleen Mansfield Beauchamp (Katherine Mansfield)

Subject and Association Keywords

Dr Nora Crone

Object Type

Pendants

Object number

KMBS 0946.1

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