- Museum number
Breast ornament of boars tusks fixed to a central rib covered with red cloth, with pendants of feathers and shells, hanging to strips of cut grey coix seeds.
- Production date
- 19thC (before 1885)
Length: 30 inches (from original registration)
- Curator's comments
Christy collection registration slip description, written in 1885?:
Breast ornament formed of a number of boars' tusks fixed at each side of a central rib covered with red cloth, pendants of feathers, shells, &c, hanging to strings of grey seeds (?coix).
Cat. No, 274 Breast ornament
[Added in different handwriting] Huon Gulf?
They have never seen anything like this before. Pig's teeth which have been broken. They recognise all of the parts, just not the totality.
Feathers; Wiyoundung in Nekgini (Parrott)
Job's tears (?), crab claw.
Sis shell - Pangium edule
Lalai - mother of pearl
Shells - Among gali.
Rope is Yaaki (see below)
It was probably worn suspended from the back of the head down the back.
Yaaki - this is made from Pueraria pulcherrima (Koord) Koord.- Schumacher (Fabaceae) [Alternative identification Canaralia cathartica/ papuana (Fabaceae/Leguminosae)], known as yaaki in Nekgini language.
Porer Nombo and Pinabin Sisau, Reite Village, Madang, Papua New Guinea, Melanesia Project 6 August 2009. Tape 84.
- Not on display
- Acquisition date
- 5 December 1885
- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
CDMS number: Oc1885C2.2473 (old CDMS no.)