- Museum number
Armlet made of human mandible, rattan, seed pods,and cowrie shell. Rattan woven in herringbone pattern stretching between upper ends of jaw, looped around bone. Two seed pods and one large cowrie shell attached to rattan cord with fibre string. Surface of bone blackened. Seven teeth remaining in jaw.
- Production date
- 19thC (before 1876)
Height: 13.80 centimetres (including seeds)
Width: 10 centimetres
Depth: 9.70 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Information from registration slip: "Armlet formed out of a human jaw, with a cross bar of plaited rattan; to [which] are attached a cowry shell and five seeds./ From Huon Gulf. New Guinea/ 'Also held in mouth./ N. de Maclay'"
Of the five seed pods, two remain attached, two loose, and the fifth is missing, at 28.11.08.
- Not on display
- Acquisition date
- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
CDMS number: Oc1876C1.9808 (old CDMS no.)
Miscellaneous number: Oc1876C0515.38