Nose ornament

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
4418
Item name
Nose ornament 
Category
Bodywear
 
Indigenous name
 
Maker
Unrecorded  
Associated cultural group
 
Place
Pacific > Solomon Islands
Map
Collector
Mr William Effey 
Acquisition date
April 22, 1950 
Acquisition method
Donated by Mr William Stephens 
Raw material
clam shell (Tridacna sp.) ?
Dimensions
H: W: L: 140 mm D: 11 mm Circum:

Description

White nose ornament 140 mm long, tapering at both ends; material possibly clam shell.

Research notes

The use of this type of ornament varied as an ear or nose ornament worn through the septum [E. Baines, 09/10/2012].

Nose ornaments or nose pins like this 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.

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