- Museum number
- Object: Riji
Ornament made from carved and polished pearlshell. Incised with the design of the Rainbow Serpent, red ochre fills the incisions; with metal mount.
- Production date
- 2012 (about)
Height: 16.50 centimetres
Width: 13.60 centimetres
Depth: 1.70 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- For more information on Riji see: Akerman, K. and Stanton, J. 1994. Riji and Jakuli: Kimberley Pearl Shell in Aboriginal Australia. Monograph Series no. 4, Northern Territory Museum of Arts and Sciences.
In the Kimberley, in North Western Australia, large ornaments like this are known as riji or jakuli.The name for these pearlshell ornaments changes depending on the language group and region.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2015 23 Apr-2 Aug, London, BM, G35, Indigenous Australia: enduring civilisation
2015-2016 27 Nov-28 Mar, Canberra, National Museum of Australia, Encounters
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- Purchased by Lissant Bolton, Keeper of Africa, Oceania and the Americas from the Short Street Gallery in March 2012, as part of the Australian project, a collaboration between the British Museum and the National Museum of Australia in Canberra.
- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: 28408 (Arts centre number)