Presentation tooth

Description
Tabua are single whale teeth (pronounced tambua), which are usually attached to a cord of coconut fibre called coir. Tabua are used as presentation gifts at weddings, funeral and other important occasions. Acquired by chiefs from European traders in the early 19th century, they became highly important in strategic and dynastic exchanges. Such activities increased the chief’s power and influence.
Tabua also acted as shrines and ivory items were normally crafted by Tongan or Samoan craftsmen working the service of Fijian chiefs.
Accession Loan No.
7/1983/12b
Collection Class
Religion and magic
Common Name
presentation tooth
Simple Name
whale tooth
Full Name
whale tooth (tabua)
Dimensions
full length 120 mm
Production Date
19th century
Production Year High
1983
Production Country
Fiji
Production Area Region
Melanesia
Production Continent
Oceania
Family Group

Material
whale tooth; pandanus plait
Function Name
ritual presentation
Function Detail
before 1983
Collection Area Region
POLYN
Collection Continent
Pacific

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