Image: Neck ornament, Fiji (E032849)

Neck ornament, Fiji (E032849)

Neck ornament, Fiji
Acquired 11 November 1929

This ornament is known as a wasekaseka. The teeth of the sperm whale were cut and polished into tusk-like objects and then bound together with coconut fibre to form the object. Wasekaseka became increasingly common with greater European contact. Traders supplied large numbers of whale's teeth to Fijians, and the introduction of iron tools also allowed these teeth to by cut and polished into tusk-like shapes with much greater ease.

Photographer:
Finton Mahony
Rights:
© Australian Museum

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