Fiji's Treasured Culture: Highlighting the collections of Museum Victoria

SEARCH RESULTS: TOPIC: Wealth and Status / OBJECT: Necklace

Photograph of Man with club and Whale teeth necklace


Sperm Whales' teeth strung together with magimagi, or sinnet fibre. Necklaces such as this were amongst the most valuable of ornaments and were used as presentations to chiefs in securing their help in war and in domestic pursuits.
Reg. Number: X2589
Acquistion Details: Purchased from A.H. Smith Estate, 1888
Dimensions: L. strung teeth 395mm
MV Collection object
Necklace of Whale teeth
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