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New Zealand Jade - 6th Feb 2018

Russell J Beck's
Mana Pounamu: New Zealand Jade

Given that today is Waitangi Day, it seemed appropriate to feature a book about pounamu or jade which has traditionally played a pivotal role in Maori culture. It has always been important in tools, weapons, ornaments, art, and as currency. It has become a national symbol for New Zealand.

This book is a must for anyone interested in New Zealand history. It tells the story of jade, its origins, varieties, its physical properties, and its role in Maori myths and legends. It also deals with methods of carving the beautiful stone. 

This is the revised and updated edition of the book which was first published in 1984.

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