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Size : 8 cm high x 3 cm wide
3¼ ins high x 1¼ ins wide
Captain Cook collected a number of such pendants on his third voyage all of which were smaller in size; around an inch in length. the later 19th century examples are bigger and more finely carved, and were probably worn by many of a lesser social rank than earlier Hawaiin nobility.
Apart from whale teeth they have been found made from calcite, shell, bone and black coral. These pendants were objects of great prestige and their early symbolic value was inferior only to that of feather capes and cloaks.
|Height||8.00 cm||(3.15 inches)|
|Width||3.00 cm||(1.18 inches)|