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Maka feke

human history
  • Other Name

    Sinker

  • Description

    Maka feke. Sinker component for an octopus lure. A maka feke usually consists of a limestone sinker, with segments of large cowrie shells wrapped around it with kafa (coconut sennit) and a long wooden rod attachment. The maka feke is designed to take the appearance of a rat, and there is a traditional Tongan tale about the Feke (Octopus) and the Kuma (Rat). This sinker is made from limestone. It is carved and polished into a bullet form.

    It has striations of light brown colour.

  • Place
  • Accession Number
    1944.91
  • Accession Date
    1944
  • Other Id

    27484 (ethnology)

  • Department
sinker, 1944.91, 27484, Cultural Permissions Apply

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