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Predicate Object 09 Jan 1995 1995-01-09T00:00:00.000Z 1995-01-09T00:00:00.000Z 1995.16.1 Collection of Auckland Museum Tamaki Paenga Hira, 1995.16.1, 54889 Tongan 1997-05-12T00:00:00.000Z 2 2021-03-04T02:16:55.580Z Pacific Collection Access Project Tonga 35 Men/- PACIFIC SUBJECTS - Tools and Implements/- PACIFIC SUBJECTS - Women/- PACIFIC SUBJECTS - Charcoal burning clothes iron of the type being used in Tonga at the present time [1990s]. Collected by donor in Tonga in 1993. Haiane malala. Coal iron. Malala is the coal that comes from heating nge'esi niu (coconut shell) and is used to heat the iron. This haiane was made from burnished metal and is gold-grey in colour. It has a red handle with a small latch in the shape of a rooster at the front. It is accompanied with a triangular stand for the haiane. There is a small decal of two interlocking lozenge shapes on the underside of the stand. The embers produced from 5-10 nge'esi niu last a long time. Haiane are an example of foreign items introduced to Tonga in the mid twentieth century and were considered koloa muli (foreign gifts). It appears to be in unused condition. Haiane malala
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