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Fijian tabua


1. Fijian whale tooth Tabua pendant with coir sinnet fibre woven cord. Two suspension holes located towards the tooth skirt (one broken through). I has a mellow yellowish hew. Measures 11cm long

2. 19th century Fijian ceremonial whale tooth Tabua with fibre woven cord. Conical drilled holes are located at the tooth skirt and the distal end. From the collection of R.A. Lever. Tooth measures 14cm long. Fibre cord measures 90cm. CODE : TAB3

R.A. Lever (born 1905) was appointed government entomologist to the Solomon Islands protectorate in 1930 with later postings to Fiji and Malaya from 1937. A collection of his artefacts are housed at the British Museum.

3. 19th century Fijian ceremonial whale tooth Tabua with fibre woven cord.

4.A very fine Fijian ceremonial whale tooth Tabua. This piece is a large example with a group of three incised names across its surface suggesting this was passed down to several generations. Drilled holes are located at the tooth skirt and the distal end. It has a rich yellowish hew to it possibly the result of the oiling and smoking process. Measures 15cm long.

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