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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, 24098.4; 240 Kiribati 2002-06-24T00:00:00.000Z 1 2021-03-03T23:43:11.052Z Kiribati Pacific Collection Access Project 35 p.159 G.Koch - 'For islanders there is something mysterious about the origin of the material for the larger specimens , which is shown by the name given to the shell fish: koikoinanti = 'small shell of the spirits'; it is found only rarely and then below water on the reefs of the outer lagoon, having apparently lost the animal inside of it...... it is usually an heirloom and those who wear one are thus able to demostrate that their ancestors were very skilled in the ruoia dances. cont. Men/- PACIFIC SUBJECTS - Adornment/- PACIFIC SUBJECTS - Te ntabo . Red shell neck ornament. This is a pendant that has been cut from the shell of koikoinanti (bivalve shell fish; Gafraum tumidum). It is concave in form and shaped like an almond. The convex surface has been smoothed yet still retains some of the original ridged surface of the shell. Opposite, the concave surface shows the remains of the original interior of the shell. The depth of the shell material can be seen from where it has been cut into an almond shape. The convex surface shows a very pale red colour. White defines some of the linear crevices. The concave interior features an off-white centre, framed by a smoothed surrounding area that is whiter than the centre. A circular perforation has been drilled into the more curved end of the almond shaped ornament. A two-ply kora (coconut sennit fiber cordage) has been threaded and knotted through the drilled circular perforation that features at one end of the shell pendant. A small glass white bead has been attached with the kora upon the exterior of the shell. It would be worn around the neck, placed above the bunna (throat ornament of human hair) and worn mostly by men. The koikoinanti can also be referred to as 'the small shell of the spirits' and is regarded a highly valuable possesion. Te ntabo
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