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The head is inlaid with tiny glass trade beads. The handle is decorated with Maori-style patterns, probably carved by a Maori who came to Fiji as a crew member on a bêche-de-mer trading ship.
Originally from Fiji. Acquired by L. Clarke from S. Woolston, date unknown. 2013.13
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.