Belt plaited of dark vine-strip and embroidered with design in yellow and red.
- Made in: Bougainville (probably Buin)
- (Oceania,Melanesia,New Guinea,Papua New Guinea,North Solomons,Bougainville)
- Length: 72.5 centimetres
- Width: 3.2 centimetres
Wheeler's catalogue ETHNOGRAPHICA FROM ALU AND MONO (Eth.Doc.1096) reads:
37. ikuiku : grass belt, from Bougainville (that is, probably Buim); originally bought from Bougainville visitors by an Alu man. Worn round the waist.
Note sheet number: 1048.Ref.Tf.
The embroidered design is one of several characteristic of armbands from Bougainville and Buka Islands - see:
Finsch, O. (1914) Südseearbeiten. abb.499-503
Frizzi-Munchen, E. (1914) Ein Beitrag sur Ethnologie von Bougainville und Buka mit Spezieller Berücksichtigung der Nasoi. Baessler-Archiv: Beiträge zur Völkurunde Vol.6 p.26
Ribbe, C.(1903) Zwei Jahre unter den Kannibalen der Salomo-Inseln. p.266
Gerald C Wheeler was an anthropologist who researched in Solomon Islands in 1908 to 1909 on an expedition with W. H. R. Rivers and A. M. Hocart. He began on Simbo but spent most of his time on Alu. He gave collections of artefacts to the British Museum in 1927, registered as Oc1927.0310 and Oc1927.1003 and documented in Eth Doc 1096.
Africa, Oceania & the Americas
- 37 (Wheeler catalogue in Eth Doc 1096)
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Object reference number: EOC16595
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