prmlogo2Cook-Voyage Collections
at the Pitt Rivers Museum


PRM000011506Incising tool, of bone, coconut fibre, and iron, from Tonga; part of the Forster collection (Forster 101a; 1886.1.1320).

Tool with a bone haft and a point made from an iron nail. The nail is laid into a groove carved into one edge of the circular haft, and bound into position with a cord made from plaited coconut fibre. The bone haft measures 81 mm in length and is 15 mm in width at its widest point. The end of the nail projects 19 mm from the end of the bindings. It can probably be assumed that the nail is at least 30 or 40 mm long, as the bindings extend 40 mm back from the end of the haft


  PRM000095317Incising tool (with scale)
PRM0001300395179Detail of tip and binding
PRM0001296325179Microscope image of iron nail