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Look at what I found on the Online Galleries website!
Old drilled suspension holes for sinnet cord
Silky smooth patina
Early 19th Century
Size: 19cm wide – 7½ ins wide
Tabua still feature as presentation items on Fiji today in marriage ceremonies, births, deaths and all occasions of state. The Methodist missionary Dean in 1921 wrote that 'The fates of men, clans and tribes have often depended upon the way in which the whale's tooth has been presented or received..... the sphere of (every other emblem) was much more limited than that of the tambua'.