- Registration number
- Item name
- Body shirt
- Indigenous name
- Associated cultural group
- Pacific > Papua New Guinea > Oro (Northern) Province
- Acquisition date
- January 01, 1947
- Acquisition method
- Purchased from Australian Board of Missions
- Raw material
- job's tears, plant fibre string, seeds, glass beads
- H: 520 mm W: 570 mm L: D: Circum:
Widow's mourning vest made from threaded rows of Job's tears; vest is mostly made of white Job's tears and a horizontal row of alternating red and black Job's tears.
The vest was made c. 1947. "Widows' mourning garments- N.G. (Bodice). This garment is quite heavy and is made of transverse rows of Jobs' Tears but there are also some yellow seeds of the same type and also some rows of black seeds about the same size, worked into the pattern. Its width at the bottom is 23". Height is 14". Secured through the A.B.M., Sydney." [printed on accompanying card]. Also see widow's mourning cap 647.
From the UQ Anthropology Museum exhibition 'Double Up: Pasifika Treasures from the UQ Anthropology Museum' curated by Diana Young with Jane Willcock, 5 February - 9 April 2010.