- Museum number
Woman's marriage ornaments, pendants made of white shell (tridacna), one white cowrie shell, turtle shell, ceramic or glass white, blue, red and green beads strung onto cotton and human hair cord lengths. Eleven wauri o, 3 sabagorar, 3 ter, 2 kirkup suspended on cords and tied together.
- Production date
- 19thc (before 1889)
Length: 44 centimetres
- Curator's comments
Register slip comment:
'A set of marriage ornaments which belonged to one woman...Mer. An engagement badge'.
Moore, 1984: Would have formed part of marriage ornaments worn by bride.
Haddon notes that the number and variety of the pendants was dependent on the wealth of the bride's parents. 'They were worn for one or two months before the wedding feast. The older married women also wore many of these objects on special occasions, but never during widowhood'.
Refs: Haddon, A.C., (ed.), 1901-35, 'Reports of the Cambridge Anthropological Expedition to Torres Straits', Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 1912, Vol 4: Arts and Crafts: 47-9; Haddon, A.C., (ed.), 1901-35, 'Reports of the Cambridge Anthropological Expedition to Torres Straits', Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 1908, Vol 6: Sociology, magic and religion of the Eastern Islanders: 114. cf. pl. XVI.
- 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
- Moore, 1984: Collected 1889.
- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
CDMS number: Oc1889C16.57 (old CDMS no.)
Previous owner/ex-collection number: 27 (Haddon)