University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Object Number:18192C
Current Location: Collections Storage
Provenience: Fiji Islands
Section:Oceanian
Materials:Whale Tooth
Coconut Fiber
Length: 26 cm
Credit Line:Gift of William Pepper, 1891

Description

Sperm Whale split-tooth necklace made up of 30 "teeth" or "tusks." (These "teeth" or "tusks" have been carved from a Sperm Whale tooth and then polished and oiled). The "teeth" are strung on a braided coconut fiber cord, and non-ethnographic string where the coconut fiber cord is broken. Necklace has broken into 2 pieces and one "tooth" is completely detached. Detached "tooth" is broken and in 3 pieces. Additionally many "teeth" have lost their points/tips, one of which we have. Several "teeth: are cracked and splitting.


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