This Item was Sold on 8 February
2012 for $45
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This set of matched tusks are from a wild pig (boar) from Indonesia. It is common practice for the indigenous peoples throughout Indonesia and Polynesia to wear the tusks of wild pigs that they killed. The root, or part of the tusk which has the hollow base, has been removed from each tusk and a tightly woven wire mesh has been wrapped around the perimeter of the base of each tusk.. This is for structural reasons because you do not want the tightly woven wire mesh to crack the surface of the tusk over the hollow root section. There is a wire loop on each wrapping for attaching the tusks to a necklace or head ornament. The ends of each tusk are worn flat where they rubbed against the opposing tusks in the opposite jaw.