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ornament, neck

Object / Artefact › Pacific/Ethnology
  • Other titles
    • conus shell necklace
    • nikabono
  • Description
    neck ornament of 'te nana' and porpoise teeth with a 'nouo' shell pendant.
  • Place
  • Other Number
    7, 1936.295, 23014
  • Accession number
  • Accession date
  • Collection area
  • Item count
  • Record richness
conus shell necklace
conus shell necklace


  • Credit
    Collection of Auckland Museum Tāmaki Paenga Hira, 1936.295, 23014
  • Notes
    A treasured and now rare item, this necklace is strung with finely worked coconut shell discs interspersed at intervals with ten porpoise teeth, and with an attached Conus shell disc pendant, nikabono. Necklaces of this type are usually worn by women and girls, and only very occasionally by men, during dance performances or other festive occasions. Porpoise were of special significance to the chiefly, as it was believed that one’s chiefly status should be reflected in one’s physical size, so that a chief should be ‘round in the middle, like a porpoise’.
  • Culture
  • Collection
  • Production
  • Consists of
    • .1 - string › [fibre]
      interspersed with coconut shell discs?
    • .2 - decoration › porpoise
    • .2 - decoration › shell
  • Dimensions
    0 - Whole length : 390mm
    (length 390mm)
  • Record created
    29 May 2002

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