Australian Museum Journal Maori greenstone pendants in the Australian Museum, Sydney

Shortform:
Orchiston, 1972, Rec. Aust. Mus. 28(10): 161–213
Author(s):
Orchiston, D. W.
Year published:
1972
Title:
Maori greenstone pendants in the Australian Museum, Sydney
Serial title:
Records of the Australian Museum
Volume:
28
Issue:
10
Start page:
161
End page:
213
DOI:
10.3853/j.0067-1975.28.1972.412
Language:
English
Plates:
plates 22–24
Date published:
10 December 1972
Cover date:
10 December 1972
ISSN:
0067-1975
CODEN:
RAUMAJ
Publisher:
The Australian Museum
Place published:
Sydney, Australia
Digitized:
02 February 2009
Available online:
03 March 2009
Reference number:
412
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EndNote file
Title page:
Title page (68kb PDF)
Complete work:
Complete work (5578kb PDF)

Abstract

This paper examines a collection of 93 Maori greens tone pendants in the Australian Museum. Only straight kuru are abundant enough for quantitative analysis, but this is first preceded by an examination of the spatial-chronological distribution of the population of this type, changes in it numerically through time, and the characteristics of a random sample. The randomness of the Australian Museum sample of 58 pendants is questioned. A random sample of 70 straight kuru in the Auckland Institute and Museum is employed for comparative purposes, and an investigation made of the nature of and interrelationships between various pendant parameters, for the two samples. Other pendant types considered, in addition to straight kuru and anomalous forms, are the kuru kapeu (5 examples), hei matau (1), koropepe (4), pekapeka (4), poria (2), rei puta (1), and Triangular Pendant (6). Since none of these types is abundantly represented quantitative studies are impossible, and the spatial-chronological attributes of each are merely examined, and the Australian Museum specimens compared and contrasted with those in other museums.