- Museum number
Armour, cuirass (te tana) made of coconut fibre (coir) and human hair. Plaited lengths or ribs of coir are placed on top of one another, each one is covered with two-ply twisted, interlinking coir cords. The individual ribs are covered and secured in place by two-ply, interlinking twisted coir cords. The sides of the cuirass culminate in a waistband which can be tightened and secured by a coir plaited tie. An integral panel of similar construction is attached to the back to protect the neck of the wearer, this is decorated with a coir edging.
- Production date
- 19thC(early) (before 1848)
Circumference: 120 centimetres
Height: 44 centimetres (torso)
Height: 76 centimetres
Width: 34 centimetres (shoulders)
- Curator's comments
- Entry in Extracts from the British and Medieval Register, 1757-1878, p. 96: 'South Sea armour, made of plaited cocoanut. Purchased of J. Evans, 281 High Holburn'
A handwritten label attached reads: '1848 11-18.1/South Sea armour/Purchased of J. Evans Holborn
- Not on display
- Acquisition date
- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
- Registration number