We have reached one hundred followers on our Twitter, and we could not be more excited!
To say thank you to all our followers we have posted a sneaky peek at a star object from our up-and-coming exhibition ‘Fiji, Scotland and the Making of Empire.’ You can see the object below:
This object, depicting a twinned goddess image, is made of small whale bone and whale ivory. It was acquired by Dr William MacGreggor in the Namosi province of Fiji and dates to the mid to late seventeenth century. The little statue is probably a tamatapua, which were made by Tongan craftsmen to depict ancestor gods and to serve as invocation vessels.
Only a handful of tamatapua have survived, and only three, all found in Fiji, are the twinned whale ivory goddess figures in the distinctive back to back pose, standing on a Tongan tautau’anga basket.
If you would like to see this amazing carving in person, along with other intriguing objects from our collection come along to King’s Museum from the 27th January 2014 and check out our exciting new exhibition ‘Fiji, Scotland and the Making of Empire.’