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Cloak fastener au rei

Cloak fastener au rei

Place: New Zealand
Category: Clothing

paua shell, plant fibre, New Zealand, l. 9 cm, Inv. Oz 301

Humphrey No. 193: ‘Another [Needle] used for the like purpose [to fasten their Cloaks with] by ditto [Natives of New Zealand], made of the thick edge of the Iris-Ear Shell.’

Cloak fastener in the form of a curved needle made of green (abalone) shell (paua), wrapped around at one end. Kaeppler (1978a: 179) mentioned a comparable paua needle for the collection in Wellington, New Zealand. Markus Schindlbeck

Source

Kaeppler, Adrienne L, ‘Artificial Curiosities’ Being An Exposition of Native Manufactures Collected on the Three Pacific Voyages of Captain James Cook RN [Exhibition catalogue], Bishop Museum Press, Honolulu, 1978a.