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Tabua

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Whale teeth (tabua) have a very high spiritual value to Fijians. Tabua are used as important presentation items in spiritual as well as worldly matters. Imbued with deep meaning, tabua were able to remedy almost all infractions, and also had the power to make agreements and requests binding....

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Provenance

Presented to Governor Carlton Skinner in Fiji in Tabua ritual, circa 1960-61.

Credit Line

Gift of Governor Carlton Skinner and Solange Skinner

Fiji, Melanesia, 19th–20th century

Object Place

Fiji

Dimensions

Tusk length: 15 cm (5 11/16 in.)

Accession Number

2002.782

Medium or Technique

Whale's tooth, coconut fiber cord

Collections

Africa and Oceania

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment, Necklaces, Neck Bands