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A hole pierced at each end for a braided coir cord
Old smooth silky patina of a dark honey colour
18th - Early 19th Century
Size: 4.5cm high, 10cm wide, 2.5cm deep – 1¾ ins high, 4 ins wide, 1 ins deep
Although without the deep mystical and symbolic overtones of the big presentation tabua these pendants functioned as highly regarded amuletic objects.