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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, 24118.5; 79 Kiribati 2002-06-24T00:00:00.000Z 1 2021-03-03T23:44:47.222Z Kiribati Pacific Collection Access Project 35 Tauu. Oil pourer shell. This is a small sea shell. It is of the Charonia Tritonis type. It has a bulbous mid section, with a point at one end and a large aperture on the opposite end. From its point are a series of sutures that form the whorl. A larger whorl makes up the lower part of its form. The aperture of the shell features a forced cavity. Where the lip of the aperture meet the end of the shell it furrows in to form a small funnel. Its exterior is made up of a series of small soft and hard ridges. Its is dappled in a dark brown colour with a neutral off-white colour in between. The aperture is off-pink in colour. This Tauu is a receptacle used for containing warmed awa ba (body oil) which is then poured through its funnel into another receptacle such as binobino (coconut calabash). Its forced cavity provides more room for holding awa ba. Tauu
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