Ka kino to pounamu he pounamu onamata


exhibition Details

Ka kino to pounamu he pounamu onamata translated means your greenstone is awesome and it comes from a tradition.

Pounamu, greenstone, is a prized treasure, a symbol of wealth, a token of peace-making. Originally from the realm of the ocean, pounamu began as a mythical being, a great fish, which was transformed into everlasting translucent stone.

The exhibition presents pounamu as a metaphor for treasured objects, ideas and concepts, re-staging elements of Maori and Pacific body adornment. It also celebrates diverse cultural and visual art practices which have intersected over time.

Curated by
Ngahiraka Mason
New Gallery, Lower Level
Free entry

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