[singlepic id=177 w=350 h=350 float=none]Boar’s tusk pendant, Batinivuaka
Circular boar’s tusks were probably traded from New Caledonia and Vanuatu. They were highly valued in Fiji and worn by chiefs at the base of the throat.
Fiji. Collected by Sir A. Gordon, 1875-80. Z 2755 C
Exchange within Western Polynesia
There is a long history of exchange within Western Polynesia, motivated and maintained by complex social relations that developed between groups in Fiji, Tonga and Samoa. Pacific Islander visitors to Fiji brought distinctive objects, materials, skills, practices and beliefs.