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Predicate Object 16 May 1995 1995-05-16T00:00:00.000Z 1995-05-16T00:00:00.000Z 1995.34.16 Collection of Auckland Museum Tamaki Paenga Hira, 1995.34.16, 54932 Kiribati 1997-05-15T00:00:00.000Z 1 2021-03-04T02:20:41.340Z Kiribati Pacific Collection Access Project 35 Adornment/- PACIFIC SUBJECTS - Te Tumara. Belt, of shells and plaited pandanus leaves. The base is made of baa ni kaina (pandanus leaves) of natural and red-brown colours. This is rarangaki (weaved) with serrated edges. Towards each end of the belt, the base transitions from raranga to a two-ply braid of natural-coloured baa ni kaina. This is knotted at each end with loose strips of baa ni kaina in a tassle-like manner. Across te raranga section of belt, twenty-eight buuro (cowrie shells) are neatly attached in a single file. The shells are threaded onto the base, using thin commercial string. A gap within the file of buuro indicates there was originally twenty-nine buuro however, one shell is currently missing. Te tumara
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