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  • Object type

  • Museum number


  • Description

    Necklace made of string, beads, teeth (monkey?), metal (?).

  • Ethnic name

  • Date

    • 1910 (before)
  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Curator's comments

    In 'Exploration Fawcett' (1953), Col Fawcett recounts setting off in canoes upriver from the mouth of the River Heath in 1910. On the seventh day of their journey they 'rounded a bend in the river where on a sandbank stood a large Indian encampment' (p.144). Under arrow and gunfire Fawcett and his team loudly played the accordion and sang until the arrows stopped, whereupon they scrambled ashore 'into the midst of a group of forty or fifty Guarayo braves. [...]. Some of them had shot-guns stolen from the rubber pickers, but most were armed only with the great black bows, six feet or more in length, and arrows equally long. A few had arms and faces painted in square patterns with the juice of the Urucu berry, and wore shirts of beaten bark with a design across the chest in purple dye. Some wore long dark gowns which give them a feminine appearance; others were completely naked'. (p.147)

    'Six Indians passed the night on the sandbar with us, the only ones of the tribe to be found next morning. The others had apparently gone off into the forest, for all the canoes remained, and the Cacique had left as a present for us a number of tooth necklaces.' (p.148). It is likely that this is one of those tooth necklaces.

    Based on an estimate of Fawcett's location at the time of the encounter, it is likely that these were Ese Ejja people, speakers of a Tacanan language. They are sometimes known as Huarayo (or Guarayo).


  • Bibliography

    • Fawcett 1953 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date


  • Acquisition notes

    Formerly on loan to the Royal Geographical Society. Probably collected by Col Fawcett in 1910.

  • Department

    Africa, Oceania & the Americas

  • Registration number


  • Additional IDs

    • 73/1922/79 Loan Coll (Royal Geographical Society Number)

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