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Pendant shell Ki’i teunga kahoa

Pendant shell Ki’i teunga kahoa

Place: Tonga
Category: Jewellery & adornment

Tonga, d. 6 cm, Inv. Oz 183

Humphrey No. 83: ‘A round flat pendant formed of the tail-part of a large Volute Shell, and usually affixed to their Necklaces by the Natives of the Friendly Isles.’

The white disc is perforated at the upper edge. A dashed, red-brown line runs in a spiral from the edge into the middle of the shell. A light yellow spiral runs between these dashed spirals. The piece Oz 190 features a very similar disc as a pendant. Inken Köhler, Ulrike Rehr, Gundolf Krüger

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Pendant tuinga, Inv. Oz 190