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Smooth silky patina, pierced twice at the back for cord
Early 19th Century
Size : 5 cm long, 4 cm wide, 2 cm deep – 2 ins long, 1½ ins wide, ¾ ins deep
Whale and walrus ivory has been acquired from whalers and traders by islanders since the last years of the 18th century. Before then the Hawaiians who, like all Pacific Islanders did not hunt whales, were dependent for supplies of ivory on the chance stranding of a sperm whale. There is a bone wrist ornament in the Hooper collection
( 347 . pl 40 ) which may be an early forerunner of the ivory kind.
|Height||5.00 cm||(1.97 inches)|
|Width||4.00 cm||(1.57 inches)|
|Depth||2.00 cm||(0.79 inches)|