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  • Description

    Drawing; four sketches depicting women's ceremonial costume, personal ornaments, headdress, and personal accessories used in a ceremonial dance in the Trobriand Islands. 1921-1924.
    Graphite with red colour.

  • Producer name

  • Ethnic name

  • Date

    • 1921-1924
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 25.8 centimetres (drawing)
    • Width: 15.75 centimetres (drawing)
    • Height: 62.5 centimetres (folio)
    • Width: 50.2 centimetres (folio)
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

      • Inscription Position

        front of drawing
      • Inscription Content


        double row

        dark beads

        held by female
        dancers in the

        white feathers(?)
        (?) with

        gold gel(?)

        worn - by

        OKUKOPOKU Trobriand Islands, Papua
      • Inscription Comment

        handwritten in pencil
  • Curator's comments

    Folio Collection: This drawing is bound in a folio consisting of a collection of drawings by Ellis Silas. The folio which consists of drawings catalogued as Oc2006,Drg.506 through to Oc2006,Drg.678, were bound by the British Museum in January 1967. In addition, two drawings which were originally bound in the folio were later removed, framed, and have been catalogued as Oc2006,Drg.679 and Oc2006,Drg.680.


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  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    20thC(mid) (?)

  • Department

    Africa, Oceania & the Americas

  • Registration number


  • Additional IDs

    • 22 (Series number)

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