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Enquiry from Online Galleries regarding "A Fine Large Fijian Presentation Tabua made from the tooth of a sperm whale"
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Old deep orange colour and smooth patina
Early 19th Century
Size: 20 cm long – 7¾ long
The teeth were used in various ways, polished and unpolished, large and small. Large teeth such as this were purely ceremonial and were painstakingly polished and sometimes anointed with coconut oil and turmeric to darken them, even occasionally being smoked over fires to a rich walnut colour.
|Width||20.00 cm||(7.87 inches)|