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Breast ornament (mai) made of an almost oval shaped piece of pearl-shell. Drilled hole near the edge through which are threaded cords made of wool cloth and human hair. A twisted fibre cord is attached to the end of one of these.
- Production date
Height: 38 centimetres
Width: 18.50 centimetres
Depth: 0.50 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Description from Extracts from the British and Medieval Register 1757-1878, p.119:
‘130. Mother-of-pearl shell, worn on the breast. Diameter 7 ⅛ inches. From Bank’s Island, Torres Straits.’
This kind of pearlshell ornament (mai) is common throughout the Torres Strait.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2009 20 Mar-23 Aug, Australian National Maritime Museum, Charles Darwin: voyages and ideas that shook the world
2018-2019, 29 Nov-4 Aug, London, BM, G91, Reimagining Captain Cook: Pacific Perspectives
- Reasonable. Some holes in the cordage.
Object frozen Sept. 2009
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- From voyage of HMS Rattlesnake 1846-1850.
- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
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