Nose ornament

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Registration number
4423
Item name
Nose ornament 
Category
Bodywear
 
Indigenous name
‘ausakwalo’ (Kwaio language) 
Maker
Unrecorded  
Associated cultural group
 
Place
Pacific > Solomon Islands > Malaita Province > Malaita Island
Map
Collector
Mr William Effey 
Acquisition date
April 22, 1950 
Acquisition method
Donated by Mr William Stephens 
Raw material
Bamboo; plant fibre, orchid and coconut; pigment, natural (plant dye)
Dimensions
H: W: 5 mm L: 200 mm D: Circum:

Description

Nose ornament made from bamboo enclosed in woven plant fibre sheath; plant fibres are possibly yellow orchid and red stained coconut cuticle. Registration number 4423 marked with tag.

Research notes

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 attributed by David Akin.

Plant material attributed based on Malaitan body wear items made for the Kwaio Arts Project in the 1980s (40502, 40498). For more information see Burt, B, Akin, D & Kwa'ioloa, M 2009, Body ornaments of Malaita, Solomon Islands, British Museum Press, London.

William Effey was an Australian businessman in Queensland who owned Rowes Cafe in Brisbane and was a shareholder of Hivo Plantations Ltd, which operated a copra plantation in Haevo, Santa Isabel from around 1913 to 1936. Although Effey did not live in Haevo he collected many items through his contacts during his visits possibly up until the 1940's [Effey source file].

From the UQ Anthropology Museum exhibition 'In the Red; on the vibrancy of things' June 2012 - January 2013.
In the Red exhibition label: Ear ornament, c. 1895.

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