Medium Breast Plate Pounamu - NZ Greenstone

BB Ernesto Ovalle
SKU: 10269
Availability: 1 in stock


About the Pounamu Breast Plate

7.5cm x 4cm

When the first European settlers arrived on the West Coast of the South Island of New Zealand, they found the Maori's were using tough, hard and very beautiful green stone to make war weapons, cutting and carving tools and articles of personal adornment. The Maori called the stone Pounamu, which literally translated means "Green Stone". Pass this treasure from one generation to the next.

Breast plates were often made to use as a way to tie pet tui or other birds on by the leg. The bird would then perch on the shoulder and be carried about as a pet.


Free of charge within New Zealand.