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Brooch

Unknown1890/1910

Te Papa

Te Papa
Wellington, New Zealand

This beautiful display brooch is crafted from a quality, kahurangi variety pounamu (New Zealand greenstone) and finely worked 9 carat gold in the style of the late 19th century–early 20th century period. As such, it combines the mineral most precious to Māori – pounamu – with that most precious to Europeans – gold.

The flowing gold writing reads 'Arohanui Kia Taua' and identifies the brooch as a taonga (treasure) specifically crafted as a gift. The phrase can be translated either as 'With love to grandmother' or, if Taua is a personal name, 'With love to Taua'. The word taua is commonly used by Ngāi Tahu Māori in the South Island to mean grandmother or aunt.

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  • Title: Brooch
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date Created: 1890/1910
  • Physical Dimensions: w40 x h101 x d10 mm
  • Type: brooches
  • Rights: Purchased 2008
  • External Link: Te Papa
  • Medium: 9 ct gold, pounamu
  • Object classification: brooches
  • Material terms: kawakawa; gold

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