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ID: 300417509
Page Link: http://vocab.getty.edu/page/aat/300417509

 

Record Type: concept
tabua (ceremonial costume, <costume by function>, ... Furnishings and Equipment (hierarchy name))

 

Note: Tabua are pierced and braided whales teeth, originally taken from the lower jaw of sperm whales found stranded on Fijian beaches. As whale strandings were relatively rare, so were whale teeth more valued as a result. Tabua are considered by Fijians as a kavakaturanga or ‘chiefly thing’. They are not worn but are presented at important ceremonies, including weddings, births and funerals. Ceremonial tabua have holes drilled through the tip and the butt, and a braided sennit cord is attached. To make tabua, the whale teeth are polished and sometimes rubbed with coconut oil and turmeric to darken them. In some cases the teeth are smoked in a small tent-like structure covered in bark cloth to turn them a rich tobacco colour.
 
Terms:
tabua (preferred,C,U,English-P,D,L,B)
tabua (Maori-P,D,U,U)
ceremonial whale tooth (tabua) (C,U,English,UF,U,SN)
ceremonial whale teeth (tabua) (C,U,English,UF,U,PN)

Facet/Hierarchy Code:  V.TE

Hierarchical Position:

Hierarchy of Objects Facet
Objects Facet
Hierarchy of Furnishings and Equipment (hierarchy name)
.... Furnishings and Equipment (hierarchy name) (G)
Hierarchy of Costume (hierarchy name)
........ Costume (hierarchy name) (G)
Hierarchy of costume (mode of fashion)
............ costume (mode of fashion) (G)
Hierarchy of <costume by function>
................ <costume by function> (G)
Hierarchy of ceremonial costume
.................... ceremonial costume (G)
Hierarchy of tabua
........................ tabua (G)

Related concepts:
involve ....  Physeter macrocephalus (species)
..............  (Physeter (genus), Physeteridae (family), ... Living Organisms (hierarchy name)) [300375645]
made of/require ....  teeth (animal components)
............................  (animal components, biological components, ... Components (hierarchy name)) [300400467]

Sources and Contributors:
ceremonial whale teeth (tabua)............  [MNM-TePapa, VP]
.....................................................  Te Papa online (2000-)
.....................................................  Te Papa spreadsheet (2012)
ceremonial whale tooth (tabua)............  [MNM-TePapa, VP]
.....................................................  Te Papa online (2000-)
.....................................................  Te Papa spreadsheet (2012)
tabua............  [MNM-TePapa Preferred, VP Preferred]
..............  Philadelphia Museum of Art online (2000-)
..............  Tausie, Art in the New Pacific (1979)
..............  Te Papa online (2000-)
..............  Te Papa spreadsheet (2012)
 
Subject: .....  [VP]
............  Te Papa online (2000-) https://collections.tepapa.govt.nz/topic/1100
 
Note:
English .......... [VP]
.......... Te Papa online (2000-) accessed 9 March 2018

 

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