A Fijian tabua with fibre cord

A Fijian tabua with fibre cord

1800 to 1900 Fijian

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A Fijian Tabua, made from a sperm whale tooth with fibre cord necklace
19th century

Size : 16cm long
6ΒΌ ins long
Provenance : Sold by the descendants of a Suffolk family whose uncle had lived in New Zealand in the first quarter of the 20th century
Tabua are worn by men as breast ornament and are symbols of rank. they were often exchanged at weddings as presents.
Dimensions
Height 16.00 cm (6.30 inches)
Medium
sperm whale tooth and fibre cord
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