About this object

A bunch of nine curved whale tooth pins and one straight, the latter roughly hexagonal in cross-section with two flat sides. Eight are joined by a cord through their eyes (not original) and the other, the thinnest, attached to this by a finely woven ribbon. There is an original twisted fibre cord attached to one other pin.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Personal Object
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Oceania: Polynesia: New Zealand
  • Date made
    1931 before
  • Materials
    Tooth Sperm Whale; Fibre; Technique: Carved, drilled, twined
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Gift of Mrs Irene Beasley, 1954
  • Collector
    Harry Geoffrey Beasley
  • Place collected
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Date collected
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Measurements
    0.8 x 0.8 x 9.0 cm
  • Note
    Pins used to fasten New Zealand Flax cloaks were also used in bunches for decoration.
  • Related people
    Harry Geoffrey Beasley (Collector); Irene Beasley (Previous owner)


Previous owners

  • Irene Beasley

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1954
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
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