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Two boar tusks nifo puaka

Two boar tusks nifo puaka

Place: Tonga
Category: Jewellery & adornment

Tonga, l. 14–16.5 cm, Inv. Oz 171, 172

Humphrey No. 99: ‘Hogs Tusks of which the Natives of the said [Friendly] Isles make Trinklets & other oddities.’

Two curved boar tusks. Both tusks are white, but with a light yellow colouration in several places. They are each hollow at their wider end and pointed at the other.

A similar piece is held in the Lever Museum (Kaeppler 1978a: 209). Inken Köhler, Ulrike Rehr, Gundolf Krüger

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.