New ethnographic donation
19 March 2010
A Maori nephrite club, called a mere pounamu, and three stone adze blades have been added to RAMM’s collection.
These items were accepted by HM Government in Lieu of Inheritance Tax and allocated to RAMM in 2010. The former owners enjoyed visiting RAMM’s World Cultures galleries.
The nephrite mere is a ceremonial object that would have been owned by someone with high status. Nephrite is the lesser known of the two forms of Jade. This mere pounamu is in much better condition than a similar but fragmented one in RAMM’s collection which can never be displayed. The new club will be displayed next to a similarly shaped warrior’s club made of more common greywacke, a variety of sandstone.