University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Object Number:18192E
Current Location: Collections Storage
Provenience: Fiji Islands
Section:Oceanian
Materials:Whale Tooth
Coconut Fiber
Length: 34.7 cm
Credit Line:Gift of William Pepper, 1891

Description

Sperm Whale split-tooth necklace made up of 26 "teeth." These "teeth" or "tusks" have been carved from a Sperm Whale tooth and then polished and oiled. (Some of the "teeth" are cracked and splitting). "Teeth" are strung on a multi-strand braided coconut fiber cord which are then wraped with additional braided coconut fiber strands which create stability and spacers between the "teeth." Some deterioation of cord at the ends.


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