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The two ends pierced for a braided coir cord
Mid 19th Century
Size: 15 cm long – 6 ins long ( tooth )
63.5 cm long – 25 ins long ( cord )
The presentation of a 'tabua' to an official or dignitary on their leaving the district was a standard act of courtesy and many old 'tabua' found their way to Europe in this way.
|Width||15.00 cm||(5.91 inches)|