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Predicate Object 13 Jul 1939 1939-07-13T00:00:00.000Z 1939-07-13T00:00:00.000Z 1939.147 Collection of Auckland Museum Tamaki Paenga Hira, 1939.147, 24613.2 Fijian 2002-07-02T00:00:00.000Z 1 2021-03-04T00:01:37.363Z Nai Yau Vakaviti - Na Ka Mareqeti Pacific Collection Access Project Fiji Pacific Lifeways 35 Tabua. Consisting of a tovuto (sperm whale)'s tooth with wa ni tabua (cord of the tabua) attached to the ends of the tooth. The tabua is crescentic in shape, and consisting of a pointed end that widens at the root end. Light beige/yellow in colour and is of high-polish. There are two holes drilled, one at each end of the tabua. The wa ni tabua magimagi (cord of the tabua made of coconut sennit), is woven out in a 'chain-like' weave. The wa ni tabua is tied to golden-brown coloured cotton thread, threaded through a hole at one end, and with metal wire threaded through the hole at the opposite end, with the magimagi woven and tied around the metal wire. "A I V O W E [?]" is incised across the tabua. Tabua
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