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helmet / armour

  • Object type

  • Museum number


  • Description

    Helmet (te baratekora) (part of suit of armour Oc1922,1009.1, 3, 4 and 5) made of coconut fibre (coir). The coir is plaited into coils which are secured together and covered by two-ply twisted interlinking cords of coconut fibre. Two ear guards extend from the rim of the helmet and are integral to the construction. Remnants of a fastening strap.


  • Ethnic name

  • Date

    • 19thC (before 1895)
  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 24 centimetres
    • Width: 23.5 centimetres
    • Diameter: 24 centimetres
    • Circumference: 75 centimetres (rim)
  • Curator's comments

    In set with Oc1922,1009.01 In set with Oc1922,1009.03-051922 British Museum register description:
    Sinnet helmet, twined.

  • Location

    Not on display

  • Exhibition history

    1983–1986 16 Dec-29 Jun, London, BM, Museum of Mankind, Pattern of islands: Micronesia yesterday and today
    2011 Feb-May, Norwich, Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, Basketry: Making Human Nature

  • Condition

    Some wear

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date


  • Acquisition notes

    Letter from donor dated May 25th [1922] states that the artefacts from the Gilbert and Ellice Islands were collected between 1893-95.

  • Department

    Africa, Oceania & the Americas

  • Registration number


  • Additional IDs

    • AL 116c-1 (No. on old label)
Helmet (part of suit of armour) made of sinnet.

Helmet (part of suit of armour) made of sinnet.

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