This moa-bone necklace is from Murihiku, the southern part of the South Island. Though fashioned from moa bones, it appears to imitate the look of whales' teeth. The makers of the necklace would have lived at a time when a number of communities had good access to protein, particularly moa and seals, and accordingly had leisure time.
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