Scarifying Tool


From: Gilbert Islands

Curatorial Section: Oceanian

Object Number 42-30-493
Current Location Collections Storage
Provenience Gilbert Islands
Section Oceanian
Materials Shark Teeth | Wood | Plant Fiber

Wooden tool consisting of a blade with flat raised sides set with parallel rows of five large sharks' teeth each. Median edge both faces. Teeth set in grooves, individually bound with fiber running through holes in wood and bases of teeth. Tips of teeth slant towards the handle, which is more or less square in cross-section, tapering to a pointed end, which is pierced with a hole for a braided fiber loop (knotted). Three teeth broken off. Similar example in the Torquay Museum, which describes it on its website as "a tool to modify skin by the scarification process."

Length 18 cm
Credit Line Gift of Mrs. Morgan Wing on behalf of the Estate of Florence C. Whitney, 1942
Other Number 137 - Collector Number

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