[singlepic id=203 w=450 h=250 float=none]Necklace, Sisi
This unusual, perhaps unique, sisi is composed of one row of carved whale tooth and one row of tooth-like pendants made of whale bone. Strung on a plaited coir cord.
Saqunu, Ba, Viti Levu, Fiji. Collected by A. von Hügel, February 1876. Z 2762
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.