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Waseisei

Object / Artefact › Pacific/Ethnology
  • Other titles
    Split whale's teeth neck ornament (Fijian)
  • Description
    Waseisei. Whale tooth necklace. Consisting of twenty whale teeth, honey yellow/ivory in colour. Each tooth is long, narrow, and curved in shape with a pointed end. Bored at their bases, and threaded onto a cord woven from magimagi (coconut fibre). Cracks, dark brown/black in colour are visible across the teeth. Brown coloured markings and scratches are visible across some of the teeth. One tooth has broken off.
  • Place
  • Other Number
    1955.152.323, 35465
  • Accession number
    1955.152.323
  • Accession date
    24 August 1955
  • Collection area
  • Item count
    2
  • Record richness
ornament, neck, 1955.152.323, 35465, Photographed by Jennifer Carol, digital, 09 Aug 2017, Cultural Permissions Apply
ornament, neck, 1955.152.323, 35465, Photographed by… … Read more

Artefact

  • Credit
    Collection of Auckland Museum Tamaki Paenga Hira, 1955.152.323, 34565
  • Culture
  • Production
    Unknown (maker)
    FijiMelanesiaPacific
    Pre 1955
    ground
  • Signature/marks
    • 35465.1  (label)
    • 35465.2  (label)
  • Consists of
  • Dimensions
    • .2 - single tooth width : 12mm
    • .1 - wasekaseka width : 266mm
    • .1 - wasekaseka depth : 40mm
    • .2 - single tooth depth : 12mm
    • .1 - wasekaseka length : 122mm
    • .2 - single tooth length : 117mm
  • Record created
    8 March 1999

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