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Predicate Object 1936.295 Collection of Auckland Museum Tāmaki Paenga Hira, 1936.295, 24051 Kiribati 2002-06-21T00:00:00.000Z 1 2021-03-03T23:41:01.176Z 30 Whale-derived raw material is very rare and therefore highly prized in Kiribati culture. Consequently, objects and items of adornment fashioned from whale bone and ivory are greatly valued and become treasured family heirlooms. Te buangui, a sign of wealth and status fashioned from the jawbone of a whale, are worn only during ceremonial occasions in the maneaba, large traditional meeting house. Land could be exchanged for this article such is its significance. (Pacific Jewellery and Adornment by Roger Neich and Pandora Fulimalo Pereira, 2004) ornament made of jawbone of a whale. worn by wealthy older men at ceremonial occasions. a symbol of wealth and importance as it is hard to obtain. a whole parcel of land may be exchanged for this object. ornament
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