These modern earrings are made out of ostrich egg shell, a popular material that was once used in making fine body ornaments.
An armlet decorated with glass beads.
RAMM has no information about this particular item and would welcome advice from Native North Americans as to its identification and how to appropriately care for this item beyond the standard context of museum care (e.
Copper alloy necklace consisting of s-twist chain links and jinglers.
The English word ‘tattoo’ is a corruption of the Tahitian word ‘tatau’ - meaning ‘to mark’, ‘to tap’ or ‘to inflict wounds’.
This adze type, called to’i, was used to dress timber for canoes and houses.
Old label reads “Solomon Islands 3713”
Ground black basalt head set into a wooden haft with coconut fibre bindings, some missing.
A basalt adze used for carving wood.
Before the introduction of iron, this tool was used for cutting timber.
A stone adze head (toki) that would have been bound to a wooden haft and used in carving.
Adzes of this kind were a form of god image, possibly related to Tane-mata-ariki.
A basalt adze head used for woodworking.
A stone head that would have been bound to a wooden haft and used in carving.
This carefully ground and polished adze would have taken a craftsman many hours of work to complete.
A stone adze head that would have been used for carving large pieces of wood.
Nephrite continues to be valued for its rarity and beauty.
This is a ground and polished stone adze from Canada.
Originally adzes of this kind were a form of god image, possibly related to Tane-mata-ariki.