- Registration number
- Item name
- Indigenous name
- gwegea; Wa'i (Kwaio language); gwanagwana (Kwara`ae language)
- Moruka of Ga'enaafou, east Kwaio
- Associated cultural group
- Pacific > Solomon Islands > Malaita Province > Malaita Island > Kwaio
- Mrs Jean and Mr Russell Herbert
- Acquisition date
- September 02, 2011
- Acquisition method
- Donated by Mrs Jean Herbert
- Raw material
- Plant fibre, hibiscus (Hibiscus tiliaceus)
- H: 620 mm W: 190 mm L: D: 170 mm Circum:
Woven hibiscus strip bag with patterned plaiting.
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.
Usually made by women from fibre from the cotton tree/sea hibiscus, in a style still widely used today by both men and women. They are worn around the neck, and hold important personal property, perhaps betel nut and lime, tobacco, or small denominations of shell wealth [Solomon Islands: Re-enchantment and the Colonial Shadow label attributed by Clive Moore and David Akin].
Collected in 1980.