Baton

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
23868
Item name
Baton 
Category
Bodywear
Sculpture/Carving
 
Indigenous name
hauanoreereo (Are'are' language); fou`atoleeleo (Kwaio language) 
Maker
Unrecorded  
Associated cultural group
 
Place
Pacific > Solomon Islands > Malaita Province > Malaita Island
Map
Collector
Dr C. Marks 
Acquisition date
February 01, 1979 
Acquisition method
Donated by Dr C. Marks 
Raw material
Wood; shell, nautilis; lawyer cane (Calamus sp.); putty nut (Parinarium sp.)
Dimensions
H: 400 mm W: 36 mm L: D: 39 mm Circum:

Description

Cylindrical wood baton with round head encased in woven vine strips secured by a hole in the shaft; plant fibre plaited and woven around shaft below head; rows of carved nautilus mother-of-pearl shell inlaid with parinarium nut paste; finial carved from wood at lower end. Registration number 23868 marked with tag and pen.

Research notes

From the UQ Anthropology Museum exhibition ‘Solomon Islands: Re-enchantment and the Colonial Shadow’, a scholarly project curated by Diana Young in collaboration with research consultants Graham Baines, Annie Ross, Clive Moore and David Akin, August 2016 – June 2017.

Originally registered as a neck pendant because they were worn hanging from the back of the neck. Fou'atoleleo or stone-and-pearl were worn by men who had killed and were displayed with great pride during ceremonies for reward killing. By the beginning of the twentieth century, even after reward killing had been abolished by the government, fou'atoleleo were made especially for European visitors as curios. The stone-and-pearl were particularly well known by the Spanish, whose early explorers falsely believed they were made of gold. The Are'are people in south Malaita used pyrite for the stone heads also known as fool's gold [Burt, Akin & Kwa'ioloa 2009].

Part of a collection of items donated to the Anthropology Museum in 1979 and collected by the donor's grandfather from throughout the Pacific in the late 19th century.

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