[singlepic id=214 w=250 h=450 float=none]Ear ornaments, Saunidaliga
Viti Levu, Fiji. Collected by A. von Hügel, 1875-77. Z 2719 B
Increased access to sperm whale ivory in the early 19th century resulted in a proliferation of high-status ornaments associated with chiefs. They demonstrate the power of chiefs to obtain highly valued materials and control the production of specialist craftsmen.