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Predicate Object 04 Jul 1950 1950-07-04T00:00:00.000Z 1950-07-04T00:00:00.000Z 1950.128 On loan from Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. Gift of the New Zealand Government. Tongan 2001-12-04T00:00:00.000Z 1 2020-12-22T00:20:37.305Z 35 head pillow of the Tu'i Tonga (prior to Tupou line). most sacred item in Tonga oft mentioned in songs and traditions. (this information given by Tupou of Tonga, Royal Archivist, 19/4/1974) . Predominantly Open highly polished. inlaid with large pieces of whale tooth. many diverse shaped legs. In the form of a 'lobe-shaped' war club; inlaid with forty-one pieces of whale-tooth ivory: stars, crescents, diamonds and birds with a large star at each end; heavy reddish-brown wood; much worn, with a rich polished patina; some of the feet are broken. headrest
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