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Ear Ornament (Kapeu)

Maori
New Zealand

Carved Pounamu (greenstone)
Early 20th century or earlier
Height: 4 in. (10 cm)

Ex Cornette de Saint-Cyr, Paris

Price: sold

Polynesia – New Zealand
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Highly prized ornaments such as this pendant carved from greenstone were markers of wealth and status (mana) for Māori.
This style of pendant is known as kapeu ("curved ear") due to the rounded shape of its lower tip.
Greenstone (pounamu) was highly prized and ownership of such ornaments marked the wearer as a person of wealth and status.