- Registration number
- Item name
- Indigenous name
- Fo'osae gwaroa (Kwaio language)
- 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
- split cane; vine; twine; dye
- H: 290 mm W: 260 mm L: D: 45 mm Circum:
Split cane waist belt with four pieces bound together with twine and vine strips, three sections of red and black vine.
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.
Indigenous name, artist, and place attributed by David Akin.
Collected in 1982. Made by Laete'esafi of Gounaile, Malaita in 1980 [Jean Herbert catalogue notes].
The triangular design is called Salo meaning sails on ships; could also represent the tail of the tuna, subject of the bonito cult of the Are'are people of south Malaita [D Akins 2013, pers. Comm., 5 September].
See plate 5 in Burt, B, Akin, D & Kwa'ioloa, M 2009, Body ornaments of Malaita, Solomon Islands, British Museum Press, London, p. 12.