Story: Pounamu – jade or greenstone

Kuru – ear pendant (1st of 3)

Kuru – ear pendant

This ear pendant is known as a kuru. When made of pounamu they were highly prized and often worn by people of chiefly status. Often a kuru pounamu would be used in oratory to refer to a deceased person held in great affection – ‘Taku kuru pounamu ka makere’ (my kuru pounamu that has fallen).

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How to cite this page:

Basil Keane, 'Pounamu – jade or greenstone - Implements and adornment', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 7 July 2022)

Story by Basil Keane, published 12 Jun 2006