Exhibition in Paris

Sacred stones of the Maori

Green Hei Tiki Tiki jade stone of the Maori, collection of Te Papa Tongarewa Museum of New Zealand

Beautiful ceremonial blessings officiated by Tim Rocheford and Hamiria Hutana tribal representatives with Maori chant opens at the exhibition of the Quai Branly museum in Paris. These touchstones are also known as Pounamu or green jade stone found along the rivers and mountains of New Zealand. They are also considered as the traditional guardians of pounamu given down generations by the Ngai Tahu people. These sacred and protective stones known as Wairua are found in the ancestral meeting grounds or Marae during traditional ceremonies. Two of the most known are neprite and bowenite stones. Many of the ancient cultures believed the Earth contains life that has given the vital force from these stones. Touch these exquisite stones and wander into the world of the imagination. These stones are rarely found and when still in their inanimate state, they can be formed and altered to have desired effect by used of incantation or made according to each of the person’s artistic style. Among the many prestigious items are the Mere or the green jade stone weapon and the fabulous iconic pendants known as the Hei Tiki. Many of these beautifully designed pendant are not only part of the family heirloom but also considered as a protection. Some of the most impressive art works of the Maori people at the Quai Branly museum was presented by the iwi Ngai Tahu, great seafarers who made their home from the Polynesians islands of Hawaiki Nui to Aotearoa and Te Waipounamu in New Zealand. Curated by Dougal Austin the curator Taonga Tuturu 19-20th Century, Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, the exhibition brings together beautiful stone works from the way of the ancestors to contemporary green jade stones of the Maori. Any visitors in Paris should certainly come and visit these unique Maori art works from New Zealand.

Sacred Stones of the Maori
Exhibiton till 1st October 2017
Musee du Quai Branly
37 Quai Branly
75007 Paris
Tel: +33 (0) 1 56 61 70 00
Open Tuesday, Wednesday, Sunday from 11 am through 9 pm except Monday
Open Thursday, Friday, Saturday from 11 am till 9 pm

Categories: Exhibition in Paris

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