Pounamu Treasures

Pounamu Treasures

Ngā Taonga Pounamu

Book - 2012
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"A collection of object photographs that honours the stone in its many forms. Detailed descriptions of both historical and contemporary objects, including information on varieties and source, Māori names, size and age, usage and history"--Publisher information.
Publisher: Auckland, N.Z. : Penguin, 2012.
Branch Call Number: 736.24 BEC
Characteristics: 119 p., [4] leaves of plates :,ill. (chiefly col.), col. maps ;,19 x 23 cm.
Additional Contributors: Mason, Maika
Apse, Andris 1943-
Alternative Title: Taonga pounamu
Notes: Includes bibliographical references (p. 117).

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CCLTeHāpuaHalswell Jul 25, 2018

A little gem of a book.

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ChristchurchLib Jul 11, 2013

In his introduction, Beck describes the geological formation and significance of the rock we know as Jade, Greenstone or Pounamu, and explains the terms used by Māori and Pakeha for its varied types. The remainder of the text and photographs celebrate the implements, adornments, weapons, tools an... Read More »


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CCLTeHāpuaHalswell Jul 25, 2018

A little gem of a book.

ChristchurchLib Jul 11, 2013

In his introduction, Beck describes the geological formation and significance of the rock we know as Jade, Greenstone or Pounamu, and explains the terms used by Māori and Pakeha for its varied types. The remainder of the text and photographs celebrate the implements, adornments, weapons, tools and art that pounamu has inspired. Photographs of the places it is found and of the stone in natural settings are included. This small 120 page book showcases many taonga, with their history, ownership, construction method and use. It includes traditional, European-influenced, and modern pieces.

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