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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, 25208.2 Kiribati 2002-07-16T00:00:00.000Z 1 2021-03-04T00:14:37.576Z Kiribati Pacific Collection Access Project 35 KH session Ornament + Adornment: 25208.8 and 22928 - similar design: these necklaces are made with te kua kewe (the name for dolphins which is translated as little whales) te kua means whale. Wiin te kua kewe is name they are giving for dolphins teeth; Te ririko (older name for the same object), or te raamwane (modern name for this object) te tiebaba (another name for same object) – a kind of sash for dance costume ornament going across the body. One each side that cross over at the centre of the body like a X The string is te kora sennit fibre – 3 ply, each ply is very fine and rolled and then plaited. Each tooth is joined to one strand of binoka to join to the rest of the te kora. Te ririko --- possibly this referred specifically to the tooth sashes. These are not readily available to produce anymore. Men/- PACIFIC SUBJECTS - Adornment/- PACIFIC SUBJECTS - Women/- PACIFIC SUBJECTS - Te ririko. Neck ornament of porpoise teeth. It is made of two material components: wiin te kua kewe (porpoise teeth) and te kora (coconut sennit fibre cordage). A braided cord makes up the neck band. The ends have been knotted to prevent the fibres from unravelling. Each strand of the plaited braid has been utilized to thread a single wiin te kua kewe and then intertwined to perceive a double layered look. The roots of the teeth are matte and a dark off-yellow colour. An internal cavity is visible from the root. The exposed ends of the teeth are polished and off-white in colour. Small perforations have been made with a shark toothed pump drill into the roots of the teeth for te kora to be threaded through. This type of neck ornament can be worn by either men or women at any time. Te ririko
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