- Registration number
- Item name
- Indigenous name
- kapkap or dala; sa`ala`o rokoa (Kwara`ae language)
- Jack Somalu
- 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
- Shell, pearl and turtle; beads, shell; string, plant fibre
- H: 70 mm W: 70 mm L: D: 13 mm Circum:
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.
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.