Arm ornament

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Registration number
2009
Item name
Arm ornament 
Category
Bodywear
 
Indigenous name
 
Maker
Unrecorded  
Associated cultural group
 
Place
Pacific > Solomon Islands
Map
Collector
Unrecorded 
Acquisition date
January 01, 1947 
Acquisition method
by Australian Board of Missions 
Raw material
trochus shell (Trochus niloticus)
Dimensions
H: 9 mm W: 95 mm L: D: 87 mm Circum:

Description

Thin trochus shell arm ornament; irregular shape; natural brown pigmentation on outer surface and mother-of-pearl on inner surface; sections of rectangles and triangles incised with cross-hatching on outer surface. Registration number 2009 marked with tag and pen.

Research notes

These armbands were worn stacked above the elbow by women in the Solomon Islands including the islands of Malaita and Makira-Ulawa (Ivens 1929) and by women in Bougainville (Parkinson 1999). They are made from large trochus shells, cut into rings, polished on the outer surface and incised with geometric patterns, made more prominent by filling with black pigment (Burt 2009).

Material attributed by G. Baines [07/04/2013].

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