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Bamboo-tree ear ornament ('au’ai) of dolphin teeth around a bamboo stick patterned with plaited red coconut cuticle stained with Indian Mulberry (Morinda) and yellow orchid stem vine-strip. Black, white, red and blue glass beads strung onto vegetable fibre decorate the circular disc and form three hanging bead pendants.
- Production date
- 19thC-20thC (before 1991)
Diameter: 4 centimetres (teeth disc)
Length: 8 centimetres (bead pendants)
Length: 5 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- This type of ear ornament, worn in a hole in the earlobe, is characteristic of Malaita, known in Kwara'ae language as bamboo-tree' ('au’ai). The red vine-strip is coconut-frond cuticle stained with Indian Mulberry (Morinda), the yellow is orchid stem. (see Burt 2009: 88)
- Not on display
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- Given by Rev John Pinder on behalf of the Melanesian Mission in the UK. From a collection which remained with the Melanesian Mission after the majority of its collection was dispersed in 1991.
- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
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