- Museum number
Man’s belt (tatua), finely twined with flax fibre and stained with red ochre. Woven in flat rectangle, in close double-pair twining. There is no selvedge so it is possible that it was cut from larger piece, but shaping suggests it was made specifically as belt. Weaving is fine, with six warps per centimetre and six wefts of double-pair twining to 1 cm. At each end, cord is attached to woven area by ten narrow finely
braided bands, which are sewn through weaving and doubled to make twenty braids, and gathered into five-strand braid as tie cord. Long sides have been folded in so that belt is in reality four layers thick; ends have also been folded in before ties were attached.
- Production date
Height: 14 centimetres
Width: 330 centimetres
Depth: 1.50 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Starzecka 2010:
Comments: Late eighteenth century (MP).
References: Edge-Partington 1969 ii.1: 231.6; Kaeppler 1978: 175; Pendergrast 1996: 125; Roth 1979: 96 (described as ‘Possibly a sling.’).
- Not on display
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- Collected during one of Cook's voyages.
- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
CDMS number: Oc17??D19.131 (old CDMS no.)