Spear Z 3959

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Spear, Moto
The head of this Fijian spear imitates a whaler’s harpoon. The shaft is bound with very fine plaited coir cords (magimagi).
Fiji. Collected by Sir A. Gordon, 1875-80. Z 3959

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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