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ornament, neck

Object / Artefact › Pacific/Ethnology
  • Other titles
    'ula fala (Samoan)
  • Description
    Pandanus key necklace.
  • Place
  • Other Number
    55208, 1996.201.11
  • Accession number
  • Accession date
    12 December 1996
  • Collection area
  • Item count
  • Record richness
'ula fala; neck ornament; 1996.201.11; 55208
'ula fala; neck ornament; 1996.201.11; 55208


  • Credit
    Collection of Auckland Museum Tāmaki Paenga Hira, 1996.201.11, 55208
  • Notes
    Worn primarily by tulafale or talking chiefs, ‘ula fala may today be worn by any persons of status. They are made from pandanus fruit keys, which range in colour from yellow to red. Today the keys are usually painted a dark red, perhaps enhancing the prestige of these necklaces by linking them to Polynesian regard for the colour of red which carries connotations of sacredness, high rank and value.
  • Culture
  • Production
  • Consists of
  • Dimensions
    0 - Whole length : 1180mm
    (length 1180mm)
  • Record created
    5 June 1997

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