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i Taube Bati ni Vuaka

Object / Artefact › Pacific/Ethnology
  • Other titles
    pig’s tusk neck pendant
  • Description
    i Taube Bati ni Vuaka. Boar tusk adornment. A neck adornment consisting of a large boar tusk suspended from a woven plant fibre cord. A thinner cord is threaded through the drilled hole at the base of the tusk and attaches the larger cord to the tusk. Small pink and blue glass beads are threaded onto the strands of the fibre cord.
    There is a sticker on one side of the boar tusk.
  • Place
  • Other Number
    O125, 14826.1
  • Accession date
  • Collection area
  • Item count
  • Record richness
ornament, neck, 14826.1, Cultural Permissions Apply
ornament, neck, 14826.1, Cultural Permissions Apply


  • Credit
    Collection of Auckland Museum Tāmaki Paenga Hira, 14826.1
  • Notes
    Worn tight at the base of the neck, these boar’s tusk pendants were an integral part of ceremonial, dance and war attire. In the late 1700s and early 1800s with introduced glass beads attached to the fibre ties, they served as symbols of chiefly status and were worn only by those of recognised rank. This would be in keeping with the rest of the Pacific where pigs are high value items, and simply donning a boar’s tusk was indicative of one’s wealth, strength and influence.
  • Culture
  • Collection
  • Production
  • Consists of
    • 0 - Whole › boar
      boar tusk, fibre ties, glass beads
    • 0 - Whole › fibre
    • 0 - Whole › glass
  • Dimensions
    0 - Whole diameter : 125mm
    (tusk diameter 125mm)
  • Record created
    13 February 2003

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