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Collection World Cultures, Pacific
User collections Collectables (All) by blueheatwave
Collectables (Australasia / Oceania) by blueheatwave
Illustrated Teeth and Bone by dmclark
Gallery locationNot on display
PeopleProvenance: Jellicoe, John Rushworth
Provenance: Doviverata, Jione Atonio Rabici
VesselsNew Zealand (1911)

Object details:

Object ID AAA0037
Description Five whale's teeth engraved with names joined by a cord. Presented to Admiral of the Fleet Sir John Rushworth Jellicoe (1859-1935) by the hereditary chief Hon. J.A. Rabice, O.B.E. during a visit to Suva, Fiji in 1919. See Admiral Sir R. Bacon ' The Life of John Rushworth, Earl Jellicoe' (London, 1936) p.412 'Immediately after anchoring at Suva, Fiji, a party of native chiefs from the province of Cakaudrove, headed by their hereditary chief, the Hon. J.A. Rabice, O.B.E., came on board and performed the ceremony of Cavuikelekele...In this case it consisted of an address and a presentation of whales teeth....At the end of the speech the chief cries out "Mana," and all present reply in chorus "e dina a muduo," and the ceremony ends. ' A.C. Reid 'The Fruit of the Rewa: Oral traditions and the Growth of he Pre-Christian Lakeba State' (Journal of Pacific History, 1977) says that unwelcome visitors used to be warned off by beating the water with sticks at the approach of a vessel. 'The reverse was for a part to go off by canoes and ceremonially invite the visitors to bring their vessel to land. The latter custom Cavuikelekele (lifting of the anchor) is still practised on special occasions.'
Date made 1919

Place made Fiji
Credit On loan to the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London, from a private lender
Materials tooth, whale; fibre
Measurements Overall: 260 x 184 mm
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