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Thin brown smoked barkcloth, headdress(?), with fringed edges.
Length: 31 centimetres (as folded)
Length: 24 inches (from original registration)
Thickness: 1.50 centimetres (as folded)
Width: 8 centimetres (as folded)
- Curator's comments
Register slip comment, 1893:
'Used as headdress by chiefs'.
Letter dated 2nd Janaury 1893, offering piece to A.W.Franks, see AOA Archives.
Transcript of letter as written
3 Queens Terrace
2 Jan. 93
Dear Mr. Franks,
I am sending
For your acceptance the enclosed
(1) An old Rotuman dress which I obtained when there in 1880. They are out of use now I understand and there were very few obtainable even when I was there.
They were used principally when going to the water fishing I did not notice such a dress when at the British Museum so it was so it was perhaps be of interest.
(2) Two pieces of smoked Fijian tappa made of the bark of the mulberry and used wrapped round the head as a head dress.
I am very sincerely
W. L. Allardyce
- Not on display
- Acquisition date
- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
- Registration number