About this object

Four curved pins, probably made from whale tooth and pig's tusk, joined by a cord through holes drilled at the less-pointed ends. Two pins (whale tooth) are larger and thicker, two shorter and thinner (pig's tooth). One larger, less curved, pin has a sliver of paua shell inlay near its hole. The other large pin is straighter and darker overall, with darker sinuses.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Personal Object
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Oceania: Polynesia: New Zealand
  • Date made
    1933 before
  • Materials
    Tooth Whale (Spermwhale); Tooth Pig possibly; Fibre; Abalone (Haliotis sp); Technique: Carved, polished, drilled
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Purchased from Cheltenham College, 1963
  • Collector
  • Place collected
  • Date collected
  • Measurements
    2.3 x 2.3 x 11.5 cm
  • Note
    Pins used to fasten New Zealand Flax cloaks were also used in bunches for decoration.
  • Related people
    Cheltenham College ( Previous owner)


Previous owners

  • Cheltenham College

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Purchase
    Owned until: 1963
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
Object view = Humanities
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