[singlepic id=197 w=450 h=250 float=none]Necklace, Sisi
Nineteen whale teeth strung on fine strands of plaited coir. Trade calico and Fijian barkcloth are woven around the central cord.
Viti Levu, Fiji. Collected by A. Maudslay, 1875-80. Z 2727
Traders & whalers
Throughout the 19th century, traders and whalers introduced large amounts of whale ivory, and new materials such as metal, glass beads and calico.The foreign origin of these materials made them desirable and valuable to Fijians. Many were thus incorporated into prestigious objects. Other items of trade such as cotton reels or handkerchiefs were turned into ear ornaments or items of clothing, but not usually collected by European visitors.