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Bag made of sinnet with triangular pattern in black and brown, outlined with inwoven white shell beads.
Height: 29 centimetres
Width: 38.50 centimetres
Depth: 3 centimetres
- Curator's comments
Previously owned by King George Tupou I, ruler of Tonga, 1845-1893. His great-grandson, Tupou II, succeeded him in 1893. Tupou II was born in 1874, and was too young to have made this gift to Ratu Seru Epenisa Cakobau, who died in 1883. Everard Ferdinand im Thurn most likely received the whale tooth and bag as a gift while Governor of Fiji, 1904-1911.
'Sinnet woven bag with triangular pattern in black and brown, outlined with inwoven white shell beads.
[drawing] L 15.4"
Bag in which King George Tubou of Tonga brought the great whale's tooth (34) which he presented to Thakombau of Fiji.
Cachalot tooth of unusual size, suspended on sinnet rope; both ends perforated for suspension.
[drawing] L 8.3"
Whale's tooth brought as a present in bag (33) by King George Tubou of Tonga to Thakombau of Bau
[ditto - Tonga]'
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2011 Feb-May, Norwich, Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, Basketry: Making Human Nature
- Some missing beads resulting in small holes
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- Register information: Bag in which King George Tubou of Tonga brought the great whale's tooth Oc1920,0322.34 which he presented to Thakombau of Fiji.'
- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
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