Neck ornament

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Registration number
1918
Item name
Neck ornament 
Category
Bodywear
 
Indigenous name
girringgirring  
Maker
Unrecorded  
Associated cultural group
 
Place
Australia > Australia > Northern Territory > Arnhem Land unspecified
Map
Collector
Unrecorded 
Acquisition date
January 01, 1950 
Acquisition method
Donated by Unrecorded 
Raw material
abrus seed (Abrus precatorius); guamanian nerite shell (Theodoxus ovalaniensis); sea snail shell (Umbonium sp.); plant fibre string
Dimensions
H: 290 mm W: L: D: Circum:

Description

Necklace made with threaded abrus seeds, guamanian nerite shell, sea snail shell and plant fibre string.

Research notes

From the UQ Anthropology Museum exhibitions 'Women with Clever Hands past and present' curated by Louise Hamby, August 2013 and 'In the Red; on the vibrancy of things' June 2012 - January 2013.

In the Red exhibition label: Abrus seeds are a shiny brilliant pink or scarlet when ripe and fresh. The examples here being more than 60 years old have dried and faded. Young women and girls like to wear necklaces like these in parts of PNG and the north of Australia.

The availability of needles [in Arnhem Land] made threading of seeds like abrus easier.

Can you help us identify the person/s who made this?

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