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Presentation whale tooth attached to a cord of plaited coir. Numerous tabua were gifted to Governor Gordon, some inscribed with the date and place of their presentation. This tabua is marked ‘Wala Aug.3 1876’, indicating its association with Gordon’s ‘Little War’.
Wala, western Viti Levu, Fiji. Presented to Sir A. Gordon, 3 August 1876. 1918.213.68
Highly valued objects were presented by leading Fijian chiefs to British governors. Many of the outstanding objects on display in this case were presented to Governor Gordon, Lady Gordon and officials in the colonial government. These gifts mediated relationships and consolidated alliances. They also demonstrated the power and authority of the chiefs.