University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Native NameTabua
Object Number: 58-17-29
Current Location: Collections storage
Provenience: Fiji Islands
Viti Levu
Materials:Whale Tooth
Plant Fiber
Length: 16.5
Width: 6
Credit Line:Bequest of Harry B. Wright, 1958


Sperm Whale tooth. Polished, probably oiled (warm ivory color). Pireced at tip and edge of open end for suspension cord. Thick braided coconut fiber cord lashed at ends with red and white cotton thread.
Original catalogue card reads:
Tooth of a cachalot whale. Neck rope is heavy, braided of brown fiber; attached to tooth with red and white thread. Tooth is undoubtedly old but rope is recent.
Story of acquisition appears in True Magazine, "Festival in Fiji," by Harry B. Wright, February ? 1950, pp/100-101. Said to belong to the "Queen of the Narewa tribe." The story is a bit fanciful.

Current & Past Exhibitions:

Polynesia Gallery (28 Jan 1982 - Jun 2010)View Objects in Exhibition


[Article] Wright, Harry B. 1950. Festival in Fiji. True Magazine. pp. 100-101. : Page/Fig./Plate: pp. 100-101View Objects cited in this Publication

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