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cloak

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    Oc1995,Q.34

  • Description

    Cloak (korowai) of twined flax (Phormium tenax), body decorated with black flax tags. Fringes of flax tags on upper and lower edges, and sides.

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  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 102 centimetres
    • Width: 127 centimetres
  • Acquisition notes

    Found unnumbered and apparently unregistered in the Ethnography Department's Oceania collections in 1995. Date and means of acquisition not known. Circumstantial evidence suggests Oc1995,Q.4 to 38 may have entered the British Museum as part of Royal Loan 1902,Loan1, but there is nothing definite to support this. Acquisition details unknown.

  • Department

    Africa, Oceania & the Americas

  • Registration number

    Oc1995,Q.34

  • Additional IDs

    • QRL 31
Cloak of twined flax (Phormium tenax), body decorated with black flax tags. Fringes of flax tags on upper and lower edges, and sides.

Cloak of twined flax (Phormium tenax), body decorated with black flax tags. Fringes of flax tags on upper and lower edges, and sides.

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