- Registration number
- Item name
- Arm ornament
- Indigenous name
- Associated cultural group
- Pacific > Solomon Islands > Malaita Province > Malaita Island
- Mrs Jean and Mr Russell Herbert
- Acquisition date
- September 02, 2011
- Acquisition method
- Donated by Mrs Jean Herbert
- Raw material
- plant fibre; shell
- H: W: 50 mm L: 380 mm D: Circum:
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.
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.