A Fijian presentation tooth - Tabua
A Fijian presentation tooth - Tabua
A Fijian presentation tooth - Tabua

A Fijian presentation tooth - Tabua

19th century Fiji

Offered by Nicholas Wells Antiques Ltd

£950 gbp
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A Fijian sperm whale tooth with good patination. These teeth were used as presentation gifts in weddings, funerals and other important occasions. The tip of the tooth is pierced for a handmade coir cord to suspend it. These teeth became highly important in strategic and dynastic exchanges, by which chiefs would increase their symbols of power and influence.
Dimensions
Height 15.00 cm (5.91 inches)
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