Human tooth necklace: This human tooth necklace or "Vuasagale" is probably from the mid 19th century and comes from Fiji, Western Polynesia. It contains 138 teeth constructed in a cross-woven pattern; primarily incisors and canines with some molars. Based on the distribution of the teeth, it's assumed it contains no fewer than the teeth from 20 separate victims. Several of them have significant cavities, and each one was carefully extracted so that its root, perforated to allow the cord to pass through, has stayed intact. Few human tooth necklaces, especially those with such an accumulation of teeth, have been documented. Known examples originate from Fiji, Kiribati and New Zealand. Its likely these necklaces were the coveted property of those who held chief or high status and who had permission to own objects of great "Mana". Whether the teeth came from one’s ancestors or from the mouths of enemies, each one would have been viewed as a representation or an embodiment of the deceased, a power that was transferred to the wearer.
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