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Waseisei (Split whale's teeth neck ornament)

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Auckland War Memorial Museum Tāmaki Paenga Hira

Auckland War Memorial Museum Tāmaki Paenga Hira

Waseisei. Whale tooth necklace. Consisting of twenty whale teeth, honey yellow/ivory in colour. Each tooth is long, narrow, and curved in shape with a pointed end. Bored at their bases, and threaded onto a cord woven from magimagi (coconut fibre). Cracks, dark brown/black in colour are visible across the teeth. Brown coloured markings and scratches are visible across some of the teeth. One tooth has broken off.

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