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Predicate Object 1940 1940-01-01T00:00:00.000Z 1940-12-31T00:00:00.000Z 1940.3 Collection of Auckland Museum Tamaki Paenga Hira, 1940.3, 25131 Kiribati 2002-07-12T00:00:00.000Z 1 2021-03-04T00:10:45.837Z Kiribati Pacific Collection Access Project 35 KH session notes: 25131 – ornament called Te bure (the large shell on this ornament) it is attached with string (te kora) as an ornament at the waist or on the arms as dance ornament . 25129 – Te bure – this is a special type of shell – Luiosa says that she carries one around with her. When strung as a series on the waistband of a dancer, that dancer is most likely to be a married woman, older than young girls. The young girls have a similar waistband but this is of shells of a different name called [te tumara] The te bure shell itself has special properties for protection, and can be strung on the roof of the maneaba for purposes like this. Young girls don’t have te bure, only married, or mature women have this. Performing Arts/- PACIFIC SUBJECTS - Adornment/- PACIFIC SUBJECTS - Te Bure. Neck ornament with an egg cowrie shell. This is a neck ornament that features a large bure (egg cowrie shell; amphiperas ovum). These types of shells are considered rare and used for other body adornments such as bure n aonibai (arm ornaments) that would be worn for the ruoia dance. Te bure is bulbous in form, off-white in colour and smooth in surface texture. Small transparent brown spots dapple some parts of the surface. It features a short spire where the opposite end presents an interior canal. The aperture of the bure is narrow. Its interior shows a pale orange tone with a surface layer of dried white residue. The inner lip curves inwards with a soft serrated surface. A circular perforation has been drilled through the mid section of the inner lip where it is visible on the exterior. A two-ply cordage of light brown kora (coconut sennit fibre cordage) has been threaded through the perforations forming a knot, two large loops and two loose ends. Bure shells are considered valuable possessions. Te bure
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