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personal ornament / necklace

  • Object type

  • Museum number


  • Description

    Personal ornament or necklace made of pearl shell discs with serrated edges strung onto a pandanus leaf (?) and coconut fibre (coir) cord.

  • Ethnic name

  • Date

    • early 19thC
  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Dimensions

    • Width: 40 centimetres
    • Length: 7 centimetres (largest shell)
  • Curator's comments

    Christy collection registration slip, written in 1890?:
    Gilbert Islands
    Ornament consisting of 12 discs of pearl-shell, the outer one at each end being much larger than the others. The discs are fastened to a round "rope" of plaited strips of cane-bark? in black & buff.

  • Location

    Not on display

  • Exhibition history

    Exhibited: 1983-1986 16 Dec-29 Jun, London, BM, Museum of Mankind, Pattern of islands: Micronesia yesterday and today 1989-1993 London, Museum of Mankind, Treasures of the ethnographic collections
    2015-2016 4 Dec - 03 Jul, National Museum of Singapore, Treasures of the World's Cultures

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date


  • Department

    Africa, Oceania & the Americas

  • Registration number


  • Additional IDs

    • Oc1891C2.5086 (old CDMS no.)
Personal ornament or necklace made of pearlshell, cane bark (?) and vegetable fibre.

Personal ornament or necklace made of pearlshell, cane bark (?) and vegetable fibre.

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