Posts written by Dougal Austin; Kāti Māmoe, Kāi Tahu; Curator, Tāonga Tūturu 19-20th Century

Kura Pounamu: He aha ō rātou whakāro?

1) Hei matau (hook shaped pendant), 1700-1850, New Zealand. Maker unknown. Purchased 1936. Te Papa. 2) Mere pounamu (nephrite weapon); 1800-1900, New Zealand. Maker unknown. Gift of the Right Honourable the Lady Rowley, 1980. Te Papa. 3) Chinese dragon boat, West Lake, Hangzhou. Copyright D Austin.

What do they think of it? Kura Pounamu exhibition tours China Kura Pounamu, the largest exhibition of taonga pounamu or ‘Māori jade treasures’ ever shown at Te Papa, was displayed from September 2009 to July 2011. As curator for the exhibition a favourite past time of mine was to sit to one side and quietly… Read more »