- Registration number
- Item name
- Arm ornament
- Acquisition date
- January 01, 1947
- Acquisition method
- by Australian Board of Missions
- Raw material
- trochus shell (Trochus niloticus)
- H: 9 mm W: 95 mm L: D: 87 mm Circum:
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.
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].