Accession No

1931.203


Description

Ground whale's teeth strung on sinnet. The teeth are long tapering to a sharp point.


Place

Oceania; Polynesia; Fiji


Period


Source

Maudslay, Alfred. Percival [collector and donor]


Department

Anth


Reference Numbers

1931.203


Cultural Affliation


Material

Ivory; Plant; Fibre; ivory, plant fibre


Local Term

?Waseisei;  ?Wasekaseka


Measurements

343mm x 68mm x 285mm


Events

Loan (Exhibition)
Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, UEA, Norwich, October 15 2016- February 12 2017, Fiji: Art and Life in the Pacific
Event Date
Author: maa


Description (CMS Description)
Ground whale's teeth strung on sinnet. The teeth are long tapering to a sharp point.
Event Date 19/7/1987
Author: maa


Context (CMS Context)
Collected c. 1875.
Event Date 19/7/1987
Author: maa


Context (CMS Context)
Catalogue card reads [handwritten in black ink:] '31.203 Fiji. Necklace of ground whale teeth strung on sinnet. The teeth are long tapering to a sharp point. Maudslay bequest.' [stamped in red ink:] 'CUMAA 21 JUL 1987'. A small round red sticker pasted on the card.
Event Date 17/10/2012
Author: Lucie Carreau


Description (CMS Description)
Necklace (waseisei) formed of 36 tusks carved from whale teeth, pierced and the top and strung on a cord of coir. An additional cord of twisted coir is woven around the cord and between the top of the teeth. A length of twisted ?hibiscus fibre cord is attached to the first tusk from the left. A piece of European string is attached around the last tusk from the left. The teeth are curving upwards and tapering. The tip of three tusks is chipped (from the left, no 1, 2 and 12). They are a light honey colour at the front with a darker shade at the back.
Event Date 17/10/2012
Author: maa


Context (CMS Context)
Annual Report of the Faculty Board of Archaeology and Anthropology on the Museum of Archaeology and of Ethnology and its Library, 1931 [16 February 1932], List of Accessions from 1 January to 31 December 1931: ‘Maudslay, the late Dr A . P .: Ethnological specimens, including clubs, whale-tooth necklaces and ornaments, wooden dishes and ''cannibal forks,'' etc., Fiji; carved clubs, combs and dishes, Tonga; carved club, Polynesia (31. 201-225)’ (1932: 3).
Event Date 19/10/2012
Author: Lucie Carreau


Context (CMS Context)
Labels & inscriptions: A small circular cream label with a metallic rim is attached to the left part of the cord and reads [handwritten in black ink:] ’31.203.’. '1931.203' inscribed in black ink on the side of the first tusk from the right.
Event Date 21/2/2013
Author: Lucie Carreau


Context (CMS Context)
Exhibited: 'Chiefs & Governors: Art and power in Fiji', Cambridge MAA, 7 June 2013 - 19 April 2014.
Event Date 25/4/2014
Author: Remke van der Velden


Description (CMS Description)
Necklace
Event Date 7/12/2016
Author: maa


Conservation ()
CON.2013.66 |
Event Date 1/3/2016
Author: maa


Conservation (Assessment Only)
CON.2016.3499 | Assessment Only
Event Date 15/8/2016
Author: Rachel Howie


Loan (Exhibition)
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, 15/12/2019 to 19/07/2020, Fiji: Art & Life in the Pacific
Event Date 15/12/2019
Author: Katrina Dring


Loan (Exhibition)
Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Massachussetts, 12/09/2020 to 03/01/2021, Fiji: Art & Life in the Pacific
Event Date 12/9/2020
Author: Katrina Dring


FM:110031

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