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Ornament (described as a breast ornament in the original description) made of a slightly concave, almost circular piece of white shell (identified as melo shell in the original documentation) overlaid with a smaller circular piece of coconut shell with a toothed circumference, overlaid with a smaller white shell disc, and then overlaid with a smaller pink shell oval disc. The four pieces are perforated through their centres and held together with a vegetable fibre cord.
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Diameter: 10.80 centimetres (maximum)
- Curator's comments
- Description from Extracts from the British and Medieval Register 1757-1878, p.120:
‘140. Do. [breast ornament] milo shell, piece of cocoanut, second milo shell, and cassis shell. Diameter 4 ⅛ inches. From Louisiade Archipelago.’
- Not on display
- Slight crack. Also Sellotape residue
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- From the HMS Rattlesnake expedition of 1846-1850.
- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
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