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Netting needles hui, netting needle hui kupenga

Netting needles hui, netting needle hui kupenga

Place: Tonga
Category: Fishing & hunting

wood, Tonga, l. 40 cm, l. 32 cm; l. 29, l. 23cm, Inv. Oz 200, 201, 203, 204

Netting needles hui, Inv. Oz 200, Oz 201 and Oz 203.

Humphrey No. 195: ‘A long wooden Needle, used by the Natives of the Friendly Isles in making their Sails.’ (= Oz 200)

Humphrey No. 196: ‘A bone ditto [needle], used by the same people [Natives of the Friendly Isles] for the like purpose.’ (= Oz 203)

Forster Register B. 18: ‘2 rods for eating, as knife and fork’ (= Oz 201)

The netting needles Oz 200 and Oz 201 are made of a dark brown wood, are relatively pointed at the ends, with an eye at the wider end. The piece Oz 203 is made out of beige coloured bone and has the same form as the other two needles.

The file card of Oz 200 includes the remark: ‘needed for the manufacture of sails?’ (cf. Kaeppler 1978a: 233). Inken Köhler, Ulrike Rehr, Gundolf Krüger

Netting needle hui kupenga, Inv. Oz 204

Humphrey No. 197: ‘A long netting Needle filled with small twine, used in making their fishing Nets, by ditto [the Natives of the Friendly Isles]’.

A light brown, very narrow twine made of plant material is wrapped around a long piece of wood. The ends of the netting needle are broken off, except for a protruding stick. Inken Köhler, Ulrike Rehr, Gundolf Krüger


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.

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