Arm ornament

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
40500
Item name
Arm ornament 
Category
Bodywear
 
Indigenous name
abagwaro 
Maker
Unrecorded  
Associated cultural group
 
Place
Pacific > Solomon Islands > Malaita Province > Malaita Island
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Collector
Mrs Jean and Mr Russell Herbert 
Acquisition date
September 02, 2011 
Acquisition method
Donated by Mrs Jean Herbert 
Raw material
plant fibre; shell
Dimensions
H: W: 50 mm L: 380 mm D: Circum:

Description

Pair of shell arm straps; red (fira'i), white (galu) and black (fulu) shell disks woven onto vine or bark strips. The strap is divided into two main sections by vertical rows of black shell and contain four horizontal rows of red shell; a smaller third section is in between and contains one row of red shells.

Research notes

Abagwaro were worn by men on the upper arm or on the wrists and ankles in other areas of Malaita. On special occasions such as marriage women could also wear the abagwaro [Burt, Akin & Kwa'ioloa 2009, pp. 132-134].

Collected in Honiara 1983.

For more information see Burt, B, Akin, D & Kwa'ioloa, M 2009, Body ornaments of Malaita, Solomon Islands, British Museum Press, London.

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