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Ornament ki’i teunga

Ornament ki’i teunga

Place: Tonga
Category: Jewellery & adornment

bone, Tonga, l. 5.5 cm, w. 1.5 cm, Inv. Oz 177

Humphrey No. 91: ‘Another [bone trinket] supposed to imitate the fin of a fish, from ditto [Friendly Isles].’

The 5.5 cm long piece of bone has a three-cornered base, with five ‘crestlike points pointing upwards’ (Plischke 1939: 138). The appearance is similar to the fin of a fish. Inken Köhler, Ulrike Rehr, Gundolf Krüger


Plischke, Hans, Ein Brustschmuck von Tonga-tabu und die Verarbeitung von Walknochen in Polynesien, Nachrichten von der Gesellschaft der Wissenschaften zu Göttingen, Philologisch-Historische Klasse, Fachgruppe II, Berlin, 1939, vol. 2, no 7.

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