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    Reed with incised design

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  • Curator's comments

    Beasley catalogue reads:
    Solomon Group, Bougotu. Nosepin of cane ..........

    Such ornaments are usually regarded as earsticks, but could presumably be worn through the nose.

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  • Acquisition notes

    From a collection of Solomon Islands artefacts purchased by Harry Beasley from Rev. Sprott in 1923 and numbered 1309 to 1320 in Beasley catalogue, which reads: Collected by the Rev. E Sprott & purchased from him.

  • Department

    Africa, Oceania & the Americas

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  • Additional IDs

    • 1320 (Beasley catalogue)

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