Pendant

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
40529
Item name
Pendant 
Category
Bodywear
 
Indigenous name
kapkap or dala; sa`ala`o rokoa (Kwara`ae language) 
Maker
Jack Somalu  
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
Shell, pearl and turtle; beads, shell; string, plant fibre
Dimensions
H: 70 mm W: 70 mm L: D: 13 mm Circum:

Description

Turtle shell fretwork secured to a pearl shell disk, pearl shell is slightly convexed on back surface, black, red and white beads securing twine through centre.

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.

This dala disk is made from a pearl shell base with a finely fretted carved turtle shell top. It is worn over the forehead on a band plaited on red-stained vine-strip or braid. They are used on public occasions and could be consecrated to ancestors [Solomon Islands: Re-enchantment and the Colonial Shadow label].

People started making these pendants again in the 1980s, with modern tools. [D Akins 2013, pers. Comm., 5 September]. Artist attributed by D Akin to Jack Somalu from White River. Collected in 1984.

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