Pounamu pendant; Unknown; Circa 1915; KMBS 0946.1
Pounamu pendantAbout this object
This hei pounamu belonged to Katherine Mansfield’s younger brother, Leslie Heron Beauchamp, who was killed on 7 October 1915 while serving in the First World War. He was 21 years old.
Leslie had been given the hei pounamu as a farewell gift by Dr Albert Martin and it was sent to Mansfield after Leslie’s death.
It is carved from bowenite, a rare type of glass-like pounamu mainly found at the entrance to Piopiotahi/Milford Sound. Known to Māori as tangiwai (tear water) its longer name, koko-tangiwai, refers to a deep sorrow that is never completely healed.
Gift of Dr Nora Crone, 1998.
20th centuryPlace Made
Bowenite (Pounamu) stone
Pendant H x W - 80 x 22 mm
Ribbon length -470 mm (approx)
KMBS 0946.1Copyright Licence