- Indigenous name
- hauanoreereo (Are'are' language); fou`atoleeleo (Kwaio language)
- Associated cultural group
- Pacific > Solomon Islands > Malaita Province > Malaita Island
- Raw material
- Wood; shell, nautilis; lawyer cane (Calamus sp.); putty nut (Parinarium sp.)
- H: 400 mm W: 36 mm L: D: 39 mm Circum:
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.
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.