- Museum number
Money-ring, currency pendant ornament of tridacna-shell with turtle-shell backing of frigate-bird design, decorated above with red-stained braid, below with glass beads, dolphin teeth and button pendants, for the neck.
Diameter: 21 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Register reads: Mounted "bakeha" breast ornament. N. Georgia.
This type of ornament, based on a high-value bakiha money-ring, is called 'bakiha pendant' (bakiha rapoto) in Roviana and Ranonga languages. It was worn by chiefs particularly in New Georgia but also in Isabel. (see Aswani, S & Sheppard, P (2003) The Archaeology and Ethnohistory of Exchange in Precolonial and Colonial Roviana. Current Anthropology 44
Man 1904, 86, fig.6)
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1989-1993 London, Museum of Mankind, Treasures of the ethnographic collections
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- From a collection of 43 Solomon Islands artefacts purchased from Woodford for £90 from the Christy Fund in 1915, registered as Oc1915.21 to 64.
Woodford visited and resided in Solomon Islands between 1884 and 1914, first as a naturalist, then as first Resident Commissioner for the British Solomon Islands Protectorate
- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
CDMS number: Oc1915C3.61 (old CDMS no.)