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Predicate Object 1936 1936-01-01T00:00:00.000Z 1936-12-31T00:00:00.000Z 1936.295 Collection of Auckland Museum Tamaki Paenga Hira, 1936.295, 22915.3; 185 Kiribati 2002-05-27T00:00:00.000Z 1 2021-03-03T23:10:12.620Z Kiribati Pacific Collection Access Project 35 Tools and Implements/- PACIFIC SUBJECTS - Kai ni waerau. Thatching needle. This is a tool made of turtle bone used for piercing te ira (pandanus leaf) and then inserting te noko (coconut midrib) and kora (coconut sennit fibre cord). It is triangular in form with a concave furrow. The wider side of the triangular form is slightly stubbed, showing porous textures from the bone. The top point has been filed along with the edges revealing an ivory colour. Opposite the convex furrow, the other surface is convex, curving towards the filed edges of the convcave furrow. The exterior surfaces that have not been filed show some residue of dirt in a dark black to brown. Kai ni waerau
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