Palau papanihomano

Description
Used for scarifying the skin. The sharp shark teeth create permanently raised scars. These patterns are considered beautiful to look at and form an important aspect of a person’s identity. From James Cook’s Third Voyage, 1778 or 1779.
Accession Loan No.
E1226
Collection Class
Personal ornament
Common Name
palau papanihomano
Simple Name
knife
Full Name
knife (palau papanihomano)
Dimensions
whole length 290 mm; whole width 70 mm
Production County
Hawai’i
Production Country
Hawaiian Islands (United States of America)
Production Area Region
Polynesia
Production Continent
Oceania
Family Group

Material
shark teeth; fibre
Function Name
tool
Function Detail
for lacerating skin
Collection Continent
Pacific

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