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Predicate Object 30 Apr 1925 1925-04-30T00:00:00.000Z 1925-04-30T00:00:00.000Z 1925.92 Collection of Auckland Museum Tamaki Paenga Hira, 1925.92, 13571 Fijian 2003-01-13T00:00:00.000Z 1 2020-12-20T14:57:35.690Z Nai Yau Vakaviti - Na Ka Mareqeti Pacific Collection Access Project Fiji 35 Tabua. A large size ceremonial whale's tooth with braided magimagi (coconut sennit) suspension cord attached. An iyau (treasure) of high cultural value to Fijians. Made from whale bone, the tabua is carved and ground into a crescent shape to replicate tabua shaped from tovuto (sperm whale) tooth. Ovoid in cross section. The outer surface of the tabua is porous and a speckled off white colour with several dents. A small cross is etched onto the surface of this tabua. The cord of magimagi is medium brown in colour. Tabua
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