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Necklace tuinga kahoa

Necklace tuinga kahoa

Place: Tonga
Category: Jewellery & adornment

snail shell, coconut fibre, Tonga, l. 54 cm, Inv. Oz 194

Humphrey No. 73: ‘Curious small red long Snails* (*These Shells are also of a new Species.) neatly plaited together with fibres of the Cocoa Nut, and forming a pretty kind of Necklace, from the Friendly Islands.’

Small red snail shells are incorporated into a plaited string in such a way that they cannot be moved, with small spaces of varying length left in between. Inken Köhler, Ulrike Rehr, Gundolf Krüger