About this object

A necklace made up of bone beads, human teeth (two molars, one pre-molar) and short human bones (hand and foot bones) on string. All except three of the smaller bones have carved decoration on one side - pakati (dog's-tooth notches) between parallel ridges, and ridges forming diamonds, ellipses and a spiral. One diamond and two ellipses have shell inlay.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Personal Ornament; Fake
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Oceania: Polynesia: New Zealand
  • Date made
    1951 before
  • Materials
    Bone Human; Tooth Human; Abalone (Haliotis sp); Textile Cotton String; Technique: Carved, drilled, inlaid
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Gift of the Trustees of the Wellcome Collection
  • Collector
  • Place collected
  • Date collected
  • Measurements
    42.0 x 1.8 x 7.5 cm
  • Note
    Attribution: Probably a fake made by JF Robieson (Peter Gathercole, 14 January 1992).
  • Related people


Previous owners

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