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50 shades of brown

...island group. The ship was laden with items ready for trade with the Kings of Tahiti and the sandwich Islands. This special cargo included two double-barrelled guns embossed with silver,...

Silver fern

76/1931/5 is silver side up at the bottom. The silver fern (ponga) has become one of New Zealand’s national symbols. The Maori use it as a building material, for food...

Silver fern

The silver fern (ponga) has become one of New Zealand’s national symbols. The Maori use it as a building material, for food and as a wound dressing. In times of...

Silver fern

76/1931/4 is the young frond at the top. The silver fern (ponga) has become one of New Zealand’s national symbols. The Maori use it as a building material, for food...

Infant’s rattle, whistle and case

This piece was specially commissioned as a gift for Shiloh, the expected child of Joanna Southcott. It is made from solid silver and coral. Coral was believed to have magical...

Lime box

These silver portable lime boxes (cembul/ pekpor) are associated with the social act of betel nut chewing. A host would offer their guests betel (areca) nut, which would be chewed...