- Museum number
Warfare and ceremonial head-dress (deri) made of an open-work frame of bound cane with white cockatoo (?) feathers round the edge. Cassowary plumes are bound round the junction and four bird of paradise feathers at the top. The frame is painted red, yellow and white.
- Production date
- 19thc (before 1889)
Height: 2 centimetres
Width: 57 centimetres
Depth: 46 centimetres
- Curator's comments
Register slip comment:
Tood. Warrior Is. Headdress (dree) for Koppa Kppa dance.
Worn for warfare and ceremonial.
See also DM.1890.358 (National Museum of Ireland).
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: 37-9.
- On display (G24/dc2)
- 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
- In his field journal (1888-9), Haddon describes his first visit to the island of Tudu in 1888, when he acquired a mask (Oc,89+.73) and other dance accessories, through the chief Maino. His sketch of the dancers shows them wearing headdresses of the dhari type (Oc,89+.93) and holding circular dance ornaments (Oc,89+.91 & 94). Maino sits to one side playing a drum, which was also acquired (Oc,89+.189).
- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
CDMS number: Oc1889C16.93 (old CDMS no.)
Previous owner/ex-collection number: 73 (Haddon)