Kauri gum

Kauri trees naturally ooze resin that hardens to form amber-like masses (true amber is fossilised tree resin). The resin is flammable and can be used to light fires and torches. Burnt gum mixed with animal fat is an important ingredient in the dyes used for traditional Maori tattoos.

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Accession Loan No.
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Collection Area Region
Australia and New Zealand
Collector Excavator
White, Vice-Admiral R W
Common Name
kauri gum
Simple Name
plant: resin
Period Classification
Victorian (1837-1901)
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Agathis australis (D Don) Loudon: New Zealand kauri: kauri gum: resin