WHALE TOOTH NECKLACE 'TABUA'
Dimensions: Height 7", Width 3.25 (Tooth Only).
Provenance: From a Australian Collection
M64.....WHALE TOOTH NECKLACE "TABUA"
Also known as a "Tabua", a sperm whale tooth, with two drill holes, one on each end, suspended by a "necklace" of braided sennit (palm fiber) which is attached to the tapered holes on each end of the tooth.. In the Fiji Islands the characteristic manifestation is the tabua, signifying wealth and status for the owner.