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Predicate Object 1942.63 Collection of Auckland Museum Tāmaki Paenga Hira, 1942.63, 26454.1 2002-03-18T00:00:00.000Z 1 2021-08-20T06:22:45.615Z 30 In much of the Solomon Islands, flying fox teeth form an important component of indigenous currency, but on the Polynesian outlier of Rennell, as with other Polynesian cultures, there was no traditional use of currency items. Here the teeth are purely for personal decoration. The old Polynesian religion of Rennell was replaced by Christianity as late as 1938 and much of the original culture still remains strong. (Pacific Jewellery and Adornment by Roger Neich and Pandora Fulimalo Pereira, 2004) necklace of flying fox teeth. ornament, neck
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