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).
Using this item
Permission of the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa must be obtained before any re-use of this image.