This vintage tusk comes from the Upper Sepik in Melanesia and has a gorgeous patina
which only comes from age and use.
Correctly measured, this piece is 6.5" plus.
More commonly seen by sellers is a measurement which spans the inner diameter
to the opposing outside edge, which in this case, makes it about 4".
Use this tusk to make your own adornment or trade object. Ancient Hawaiians
wore singular pieces. Double pieces were worn in other areas of Polynesia,
Melanesia and Africa. In Melanesia, tusks were worn in the nose and around
Above background pieces which have been bleached and worked into
adornments are NOT included in this listing, thank you.
Fun facts :
When used as weapons, boars tend to slash & stab, while sows tend to bite.
Boar tusks, to this day are still considered value objects and measurements
of wealth in Papua New Guinea & Vanuatu. The coat of arms & state flag of
Vanuatu displays a bent boarʻs tooth. In this region, double boar tusk
pendants are seen since ancient times.
There are no extant Hawaiian examples of double boar tusk adornments.
Ancient Hawaiians did use whale teeth and other ivories for adornment.
Singular whale tooth pendants strung on human hair were known as lei
palaoa. Similar shaped pendants were also made of calcite & stalagmite.
Boar tusks, however, were used for bracelets, known as kupeʻe hoʻokalakala.
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