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

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

Photograph of Man holding throwing club Photograph of Man holding a club Illustration of a Man with club and boar tusk necklace Photograph of four Fijian Warriors

Necklace
Bati ni vuaka

Made from a boar's tusk, tied with a suspension cord composed of shell beads strung on vau, a string made from the bark of Hibiscus tileaceus. Tusks like this were made by removing the opposing tusk on a domestic boar so that the remaining one continued to grow in a circular fashion. In use, the ornament was worn as a chest pendant, fastened close to the throat. They are worn mainly by those of chiefly rank.
Reg. Number: X2621
Acquistion Details: Acquisition details unknown
Dimensions: Diam 100mm
MV Collection object
Necklace
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