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Predicate Object 1966 1966-01-01T00:00:00.000Z 1966-12-31T00:00:00.000Z 1966.10 Collection of Auckland Museum Tamaki Paenga Hira, 1966.10, 37862.4 Tongan 2019-06-21T00:00:00.000Z 1 sinker weight for octopus lure 2021-03-03T23:33:28.677Z Pacific Collection Access Project Tonga 35 Men/- PACIFIC SUBJECTS - Tools and Implements/- PACIFIC SUBJECTS - Maka feke. Sinker component for an octopus lure. A maka feke usually consists of a limestone sinker, with segments of large cowrie shells wrapped around it with kafa (coconut sennit) and a long wooden rod attachment. The maka feke is designed to take the appearance of a rat, and there is a traditional Tongan tale about the Feke (Octopus) and the Kuma (Rat). This sinker is made from limestone. It is carved and polished into a bullet form. It has striations of dark caramel colour and a matte, smooth surface texture. There are distinctive natural 'knots' in the limestone toward the tip area. Maka feke
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