- Registration number
- Item name
- Neck ornament
- Indigenous name
- Associated cultural group
- Australia > Australia > Northern Territory > Arnhem Land unspecified
- Raw material
- abrus seed (Abrus precatorius); guamanian nerite shell (Theodoxus ovalaniensis); sea snail shell (Umbonium sp.); plant fibre string
- H: 290 mm W: L: D: Circum:
Necklace made with threaded abrus seeds, guamanian nerite shell, sea snail shell and plant fibre string.
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?