Fighting gauntlet-sharkstooth

Production date
Pre 1967
Country
Kiribati
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Description
Register description: Fighting Gauntlet: 3 rows of 5 shark's teeth attached to coconut fibre backing
Classification
CH classification ARMS & ARMOUR Armour
CH classification INDIGENOUS CULTURES
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Measurements
L240 x W160 x H30 mm
Media/Materials description
Coconut fibre, shark teeth
History and use
This coconut fibre gauntlet, which has been studded with shark teeth, forms part of a set of body armour from the Micronesian nation of Kiribati. When dressed in full body armour, I-Kiribati warriors would wear a rigid cuirass and back plate with helmet and leggings. Coconut fibre armour from Kiribati is the most developed form of body protection in the Pacific.

This piece was acquired by Queensland Museum in the 1980s.
Registration number
E13172

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