Collection of Auckland Museum Tāmaki Paenga Hira, 14826.1
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.
- 0 - Whole › boar
boar tusk, fibre ties, glass beads
- 0 - Whole › fibre
- 0 - Whole › glass
0 - Whole diameter : 125mm
(tusk diameter 125mm)
13 February 2003
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