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.’ 


About uoamuseums

The University of Aberdeen's Museums include King’s Museum and the University's Zoology Museum. The museums can claim to be Scotland's oldest, with records of museums and collections as far back as the late 17th century. Thanks to their status as a Recognised Collection of national significance, the Zoology Museum’s displays are currently being improved, while King's Museum hosts changing exhibitions drawn from across the collections, particularly those formerly in Marischal Museum. Visitors are warmly welcomed to the museums, and there are no charges for admission. Marischal College now houses the Museums Collections Centre, caring for and conserving many of the collections.
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