- Museum number
Ground and polished baler shell (Melo amphora) ornament; concavo-convex disc with central perforation threaded with length of twisted plant fibre cord, knotted at reverse. To front, cord threaded with eleven-pointed wooden circular disc with three perforations; flat, circular disc of pearl shell; red circular shell disc (probably Spondylus or Chama sp.); metal clock component consisting of toothed and spoked wheel with protruding circular base; cylindrical wooden bead and five small red shell discs (also probably Spondylus or Chama sp.).
- Production date
Length: 10.90 centimetres
Width: 13.40 centimetres
- Curator's comments
Register info: "TORU, worn on waist by men"
"TORU, a saucer shaped piece of shell worn concave side out on the waist by men" Seligmann notes, Ethdoc 1010.
Expedition label stamped DANIELS ETHNOGRAPHICAL EXPEDITION written in black ink reads: 'Wagawaga p5658 No 6'. Comment by Heather Donoghue, Ph.D candidate, UEA, 2020.
Entry 5658(6) in William Cooke Daniels' Wagawaga Catalogue reads: 'TORU, a saucer-shaped piece of shell worn concave side out on the waist by men.' Comment by Heather Donoghue, Ph.D candidate, UEA, 2020.
- Not on display
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- Acquired during the Daniels Ethnographical Expedition to British New Guinea 1903-1904.
- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous Number: 5658(6) (Cooke Daniels Number)
Miscellaneous number: 5658 no 6 (Cooke Daniels Number)