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Predicate Object 19 Dec 1951 1951-12-19T00:00:00.000Z 1951-12-19T00:00:00.000Z 1951.207.2 Collection of Auckland Museum Tamaki Paenga Hira, 1951.207.2, 32532 Kiribati 1999-03-23T00:00:00.000Z 1 2021-03-04T05:13:09.439Z Pacific Collection Access Project Kiribati 35 Weaponary/- PACIFIC SUBJECTS - Tools and Implements/- PACIFIC SUBJECTS - Women/- PACIFIC SUBJECTS - Te butu. Small dagger set with shark's teeth. Butu are designed to exact facial injuries to opponents targeting the forehead and the eyes so as to obscure vision or leave visible disfigurement. These small handheld weapons are easily concealed on a person and were often held and used by women. This butu consists of a main shaft carved from te rii (bone) upon which a wii n bakoa (shark tooth) is lashed with plant fibre to a drilled perforation made along one long side. The shaft is long and ovoid in cross section. Its side edge is deeply grooved to fit the wii n bakoa securely. The wii n bakoa is off-white in colour while the shaft is natural in colour with additional areas of dark discolouration at each end and in the interior cavity. Te butu
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