[singlepic id=63 w=450 h=250 float=none]Tabuabuli
The most venerated form of a tabua, made of whale ivory. It may have once embodied Tongan or Fijian gods. The crescentic form travelled from Tonga to Fiji from at least the 16th century. Originally bored with a central hanging point, holes were later drilled at each tip to allow for conventional suspension.
Fiji. Collected by A. Maudslay, 1875-80. 1931.219