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Predicate Object 08 Oct 1986 1986-10-08T00:00:00.000Z 1986-10-08T00:00:00.000Z 1986.216 Collection of Auckland Museum Tāmaki Paenga Hira, 1986.216, 52252 Tahitian/Society Islands/French Polynesian 1997-06-18T00:00:00.000Z 1 2021-03-04T04:31:32.179Z Pacific Masterpieces 35 Necklaces of pearl oyster shell such as this are very rare. The shells have been scraped and cleaned to enhance the iridescent beauty of shell. The edges of the 27 discs are serrated and two suspension holes have been perforated along their upper edge. As a valuable material, either whole pieces or segments of pearl oyster shell were also incorporated into other prestige items, the most significant of these being the Tahitian heva, mourning costume, and the chiefly flywhisks of the Austral Islands. (Pacific Jewellery and Adornment by Roger Neich and Pandora Fulimalo Pereira, 2004) Necklace. Pearl shell discs attached to three ply braided cord of human hair and plant fibre. Each disc is pierced with two holes and the edge is serrated. One disc missing. ornament, neck
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