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Whale ivory pendant in the shape of a leba fruit.
Viti Levu, Fiji. Collected by A. von Hügel, 1875-77. Z 2722 D
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.