THE PRICE IS FOR EACH ONE.
Two Fijian Tabuas aka sperm whale teeth on hand made twisted sinnet cord used as a necklace. The Tabua is attached by a hole made at the tip and base.
Tabua 1 has a shorter cord and I can't make out any scrimshaw on the tooth which measures 16cm x 6.5cm. The tip is chipped and the cord is worn just past the middle (see images)
Tabua 2 has a longer thinner cord and has faint foliage decoration to one side of the tooth which measures 15cm x 6.5cm. The cord is in fine condition.
In Fiji beautifully polished whale teeth are known as “tabua.” They hold a potent spiritual value. They are considered sacred, hence the name “tabu-a” [tabu = sacred]. Traditionally they come with a braided sinnet cord attached at tip and butt.
Tabua were a social necessity. They were ceremonially presented on all formal occasions. Their acceptance by a chief bound him morally and spiritually to another party or a desired course of action. This usage continues today.
PRICED AT £450 EACH.