Chest ornament

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Registration number
4569
Item name
Chest ornament 
Category
Bodywear
 
Indigenous name
 
Maker
Unrecorded  
Associated cultural group
 
Place
Pacific > Papua New Guinea > Autonomous Region of Bougainville (North Solomons Province) > Central Bougainville > Bougainville Island
Map
Collector
Unrecorded 
Acquisition date
January 01, 1950 
Acquisition method
Donated by Colonel Toll 
Raw material
Feather, eclectus parrot, black-capped lorry; plant fibre string; seed pod; paint; shell; grass; bamboo
Dimensions
H: 660 mm W: 340 mm L: D: Circum:

Description

Feather bunch 160 x 180 mm; shell diameter 190 mm; rattle 80 x 140 mm; total length 800 mm. Chest ornament hung around neck consists of feather bunch (red, yellow and black feathers) tied to string thread with seed pods. Large shell disc is central element. Tied to woven and plaited grass which is covered in miniature shells. Woven and plaited grass forms loop to go over neck. At the end of this is a seed pod rattle. Sixteen seed pods each with bamboo tube through the centre. Seed pods painted red. Registration number is written on shell.

Research notes

From the UQ Anthropology Museum exhibition 'In the Red; on the vibrancy of things' June 2012 - January 2013.

In the Red exhibition label: Chest piece worn for dancing.

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