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Mere Pounamu on Stand

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Mere Pounamu on Stand | Alex Sands 

Pounamu is a type of greenstone found in the South Island of New Zealand. It is highly valued by the Māori people, who carved it into weapons and tools, and used it to create ornamental objects and jewelry. The mere is a type of short club made from pounamu. It is usually about 25 cm (10 in) long and has a broad blade that is either curved or straight.

The mere was a common weapon used by the Māori people in the pre-European contact era. It was used in hand-to-hand combat, and was also used to hunt birds, fish, and other small animals. It was an important part of the Māori culture, and was often used in ceremonies and rituals.

Pounamu mere had great spiritual and cultural significance to the Māori people. They believed that the mere was imbued with mana, which is a type of spiritual power or strength. This mana was believed to be passed from one generation to the next. The mere was also believed to possess a spiritual connection to the gods, and it was believed that the mere could bring good luck and protection to its owner.

The mere was seen as a symbol of prestige and power, and was often given as a sign of respect or as a gift. It was also used as a symbol of unity and strength among the Māori people.

Today, the mere is still a symbol of unity and strength for the Māori people. It is also used as a symbol of prosperity and success, and is seen as a symbol of protection. The mere is still used in ceremonies and rituals, and is still given as gifts to symbolize respect and admiration.


Pounamu Dimensions:

Width - 80mm x Height - 325mm

Overall Dimensions Including Base:

Width - 325mm x Height - 205mm x Depth 125mm


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Mere Pounamu on Stand
Mere Pounamu on Stand
Mere Pounamu on Stand
Mere Pounamu on Stand

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