Pendant or presentation tooth 1918.213.74

[singlepic id=199 w=250 h=450 float=none]Pendant or presentation tooth
Carved from a piece of elephant tusk. Traders brought walrus and elephant ivory to Fiji where they were locally accepted as equivalent to whale ivory.
Fiji. Collected by Sir A. Gordon, 1875-80. 1918.213.74

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.

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