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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, 22917; 141 Kiribati 2002-05-27T00:00:00.000Z 1 2021-03-03T23:10:15.628Z Kiribati Pacific Collection Access Project 35 CKH session 20180707 - 22925 – human teeth ornament – wi means teeth Janet saying that the significance of teeth around the neck, when the tribes use to fight, the winner of the tribe would take the teeth of the loser and would wear the teeth of the loser to symbolise winnign the battle. That was what they used before, to show that land was won. Te mwae ni wi n aomata is the name for this ornament. Two coconut shell disks separate the teeth from each other, as well as shell discs to separate the teeth. The string is te nimwaerere which describes the blended human/kora fibre. The human teeth many not necessarily be from the old way of winning battles, but also because of the importance of remembering deceased loved ones, to keep the teeth and skulls etc close. Adornment/- PACIFIC SUBJECTS - Te mwae ni wi n aomata. Neck ornament of human teeth. This is made of two material components: dark brown te ira n atu (human hair) and wi n aomata (human teeth). The series of wi n aomata range in type defining the area of the human jaw it was obtained from. A small perforation has been drilled into the root end of each tooth pendant where a where a loose braid of te ira n atu has been threaded through. The wi n aomata range in off-white colour, many showing darkened areas and some even featuring a hollow opening near the root end. This mwae (neck ornament) consists of forty seven wi n aomata and an extra six that have been left loose frmo the mwae. Extensions of braided te ira n atu feature at both ends of the mwae and have been left unfastend. These types of te mwae (Neck ornaments) can symbolise the victory of a battle, often obtaining the teeth of their opponent. In contrast to this, the teeth could also be obtained from ones ancestors to keep them close by. Te mwae ni wi n aomata
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