Large Sperm Whale Tooth Fiji-Tabua

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Large Sperm Whale Tooth Fiji-Tabua tabua is a polished tooth of a sperm whale that is an important cultural item in Fijian society, considered a "chiefly thing”. They were traditionally given as gifts for atonement or esteem and were important in negotiations between rival chiefs.  Tabua have holes drilled through the tip and the butt, and a braided sennit cord is attached, tho they were not worn.  This tooth is one pound which is a very large tooth.  It appears to have been repurposed a long time ago, it was flattened on the back so it lays flat and has a hole, possibly it was pegged to a base at one time, we don’t know. It is an artifact and very large, could be scrimshawed or not-$625

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