Kauri gum

This is a collection of Kauri gum which was donated to the Museum by the Barker and Ross families, having been collected in Northland by family members working in the kauri fields. Kauri gum is a fossilized resin extracted from kauri trees (Agathis australis).  Kauri gum formed when resin from kauri trees leaked out through fractures or cracks in the bark, hardening with the exposure to air. Lumps commonly fell to the ground and became covered with soil and forest litter, eventually fossilising. Three of these pieces were carved and shaped to resemble certain figures.

If you have information about this kauri gum that would be useful for our catalogue, contact the museum on 0800 111 323 or museum@stdc.govt.nz, Aotea Utanganui Museum of South Taranaki Heritage Collection  TN.0025.

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Posted on April 1, 2016, in Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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