- Museum number
Head ornament, circlet made of a thick crescent covered with dark red-brown barkcloth, with an up-standing bunch of tropic-bird feathers on each end, bound on with barkcloth and coconut-fibre cord.
- Production date
- 1800-1825 (Early 1800s)
Height: 66 centimetres
Width: 53 centimetres
Depth: 19 centimetres
- Curator's comments
Form would seem to suggest it is Marquesan.
Small sections of the barkcloth's underside are visible, showing the cloth is lighter in colour, and has been dyed on the upper side only. The cloth has a textured pattern of parallel lines, produced by the grooves of the beater.
Each bunch of feathers is bound at the base with a strip of the dyed, reddish brown cloth; these are then secured with twisted vegetable fibre cords. The feather bunches are bound to the headdress with strips of fraying, cream barkcloth.
Materials identifed by Museum scientist Caroline Cartwright;
Sample 1 (tapa) Ficus prolixa (Pacific banyan)
Sample 2 Broussonetia papyrifera (paper mulberry)
Sample 3 Cocos nucifera (coconut husk fibre cordage)
Sample 4 Artocarpus altilis (breadfruit tree cordage)
Sample 5 Hibiscus tiliaceus (beach hibiscus cordage)
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2015 5 Feb-6 Dec, London, BM, G91, Shifting patterns: Pacific barkcloth clothing
- Acquisition date
- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
CDMS number: Oc186?C1.4789 (old CDMS no.)