Wasekaseka

Wasekaseka

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Technique and Dimensions:

Ivory (sperm whale teeth, Physeter macrocepahalus), vegetable fibres

Location:

C.D.A.1083, Legato Cap.E.A. D'Albertis, 1932

Provenance:

Second half of 19th century

Necklace composed of elements derived from sperm whale teeth cut lengthwise and then worked.
Ornament of great value, worn by leaders and men of rank not only in Fiji but also in Tonga and Samoa. They were generally works of Tongan and Samoan artists exported to Fiji.