- Museum number
Necklace made of maireener shells or rainbow kelp shells (phasianotrochus irisodontes) strung together onto vegetable fibre.
- Production date
- 19thC (before 1851)
Height: 1 centimetres (Long part)
Height: 1 centimetres (Short part)
Width: 142 centimetres (Long part)
Width: 52.50 centimetres (Short part)
Depth: 2 centimetres (Long part)
Depth: 2 centimetres (Short part)
- Curator's comments
Exhibited at the 1851 Great Exhibition at Crystal Palace, London; 1851 Great Exhibition catalogue number 197.
Colloquially known as maireener shells. Formerly called Elenchus purpuratus, now known as Phasianotrochus irisodontes.
Original register entry:
Necklace of phasianella shells from the coasts of Tasmania.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1972-1982 23 Jun-28 Feb, London, BM, Museum of Mankind, The Aborigines of Australia
2015 23 Apr-2 Aug, London, BM, G35, Indigenous Australia: enduring civilisation
2015-2016 27 Nov-28 Mar, Canberra, National Museum of Australia, Encounters
- Associated events
- Associated Event: Great Exhibition London 1851
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- Displayed in London at the 1851 Great Exhibition. At the end of the exhibition Milligan donated this and four other Tasmanian Aboriginal objects to the British Museum. Donation is described as from 'J. Milligan, Secretary, Royal Society, V.D. Land'.
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