- Registration number
- Item name
- Nose ornament
- Mr William Effey
- Acquisition date
- April 22, 1950
- Acquisition method
- Donated by Mr William Stephens
- Raw material
- clam shell (Tridacna sp.) ?
- H: W: 10 mm L: 140 mm D: Circum:
White nose ornament 140 mm long, with one of the tapered end points broken off; material possibly shell.
Nose ornaments or nose pins like these were common in parts of the Solomon Islands, including Malaita, Guadalcanal and Santa Isabel. They were made of clam shell (Tridacna sp. and Pinctada sp.) and worn through the septum, and sometimes the ear, by men and women [Burt, Akin & Kwa'ioloa 2009].
During the Poro Workshop held in Santa Isabel in 2011, a participant brought in a similar ornament, called kalehage, made from daovi shell (mother of pearl gold lip pearl oyster), which was said to have been worn by chiefs either as an ear or nose ornament during ceremonies [Santa Isabel Cultural Heritage Program, report compiled by Evelyn Tetehu and Ane Straume, 2011].
For more information about these pendants see Burt, B, Akin, D & Kwa'ioloa, M 2009, Body ornaments of Malaita, Solomon Islands, British Museum Press, London.