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Pendant tuinga
Oz 190
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

This pendant is singular. The piece consists of a number of elements tied on a string. The lowest element is a white, perforated shell disc with a diameter of 5.2 centimeters. Additional elements include two flat pieces of equal size tortoiseshell. They are of identical form and appear similar to the point of a broken-off fish-hook. Each piece is perforated twice. The next element is a round, light yellow piece of bone, 2.5 centimeter long. It has an encircling groove at one end, the resulting one millimeter wide edge is also embellished with notches. This piece of bone is drilled through lengthwise. This is followed by two animal teeth; a piece of tortoiseshell notched on the long side; a pointed, yellow animal tooth, as well as three further animal teeth; and finally a small piece of tortoiseshell, similar to those above and deeply notched on one long side. According to the inventory, the piece is from "New Amsterdam", present-day Tongatapu. Oz 190 may have been a woman's pendant: "The womenfolk however wore several strings around their necks, in which small snails, seeds and fish teeth were put in a row, and in their middle the round cover of a snail (operculum), roughly the size of a Thaler piece [coin]" (Georg Forster).

History of the Object
This object, among others, was collected during James Cook’s three voyages through the Pacific Ocean (1768-71, 1772-75, and 1776-79/80). The items presented in the Goettingen Collection are of fascinating preservation and – in consideration of their age – irreplaceable items of the past.

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Type
Costume and Jewelry 
Materials
Shell disc, tortoiseshell, bone, teeth 
Measurements
Length 12 cm  
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Tonga 
Geography
Tonga 
Time period
AD 18th century ~ AD 18th century 
Creation date
18th Century 
Function
Ornament 
Acquisition
Part of the Cook/Forster Collection 
Copyright
 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
Ethnographic Collection, Institute for Cultural and Social Anthropology, Georg-August University Goettingen, Germany 
Museum
Ethnographic Collection of the University of Göttingen 
Credit line
 

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