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Parau tavere

Object / Artefact › Pacific/Ethnology
  • Other titles
    Fishing lure (English)
  • Description
    Shank, fish hook. Component for fishing hook. Cut from yellow parau (mother of pearl shell) in a long narrow strip so as to include a part of the hinge (to form the thicker proximal end) as well as the area towards the lip of the shell (at thinner end). Sides of the parau shank have been ground down smooth and polished to achieve desired colour and size. Grooves cut into the shank at thinner end for lashing. One hole drilled at thickest part of hinge. Good condition. "PRES. 1086.3 DANGER IS. COOK IS." written in black ink at side of shank. "DR P. BUCK" written on label adhered to the shank.
  • Other Number
    1927.124, 1086.3
  • Accession number
  • Accession date
    23 June 1927
  • Collection area
  • Item count
  • Record richness
Parau tavere, 1927.124, 1086.3, Photographed by Jennifer Carol, digital, 16 Jan 2017, Cultural Permissions Apply
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  • Credit
    Collection of Auckland Museum Tamaki Paenga Hira, 1927.124, 1086.3
  • Culture
  • Collection
  • Production
    unknown (maker)
    Pre 1927
  • Signature/marks
    • PRES. 1086.3 DANGER IS. COOK IS.  (handwritten)
    • DR P. BUCK  (label)
  • Consists of
    0 - Whole › mother of pearl
  • Dimensions
    • 0 - Whole length : 61.5mm
    • 0 - Whole width : 13mm
    • 0 - Whole depth : 5.5mm
  • Record created
    16 June 2004

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