An extraordinary Vintage bone necklace, Wasekaseka or Wàseisei, Tribal art, African, Fiji, shamans, Polynesian Tribal doctors, Ethnography

An extraordinary Vintage bone necklace, Wasekaseka or Wàseisei, Tribal art, African, Fiji, shamans, Polynesian Tribal doctors, Ethnography

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Vintage from the 1900s

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Examples of these elaborate, labour-intensive forms of bodily adornment were worn by Fijian chiefs in the mid-to late 1800s. Not only are they aesthetically beautiful, wàseisei are precious examples of Pacific Island creativity and craftsmanship. Some forms of these neck ornaments are also found in different African tribes.

Appanage of high-ranking men, this Wasekaseka necklaces from the Viti Islands (now known as Fiji) consists of 48 pieces of marine or terrestrial bones carved to resemble teeth, nuanced hues and slightly curved ends, symmetrically arranged and assembled on a strong ligature.
These are NOT whale teeth but BONE.

The individual bones in this piece are artistically hand carved and curved to resemble teeth thus also are of all different sizes and shapes.

They are all beautiful with a dark patina from oils of the skin, hands and general aging.

All the pieces are separated by a bead/bone and all held together with a piece of string. The necklace was later adorned with a brown leather woven fiber that is attached with two silver clasps for easy wearing today.

Item Measures:
necklace 62.00 cm or 24.50"
bone shaped teeth differ from 6 - 9 cm or 2.4" - 3.5"
Weight is 306 grams.

Magnificent object with a beautiful patina.

Dignitary necklace of solar or ritual symbolism. This item we believe to be either from the Fiji islands or a tribal African adornment.

The history of these necklaces can be easily researched by using tag words above.

An extraordinary Vintage bone necklace known as a Wasekaseka or Wàseisei, neck ornament, Tribal art, tribal jewelry, African, Fiji, shamans, Polynesian Tribal art doctors, Ethnography.

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