- Museum number
Pair of arm-bands plaited of dark vine-strip and embroidered with design in yellow and red.
- Curator's comments
- Wheeler's catalogue ETHNOGRAPHICA FROM ALU AND MONO (Eth.Doc.1096) reads:
32. Pair of pago; grass armlets from a Sariai (in Buim) canoe that came to Faleta. Made by Sariai men of latili (red and yellow), and sinimi (see 51, below). sikata and karong kekou (parrot's liver) are the names for two of the patterns.
Note sheet number: 1591.Ref.Tf.
In the reference to 51 (Oc1927,1003.11) sinimi is described as:
inner fibre from a grass or fern (?)
The embroidered design is one of several characteristic of Bougainville and Buka Islands - see:
Finsch, O. (1914) Südseearbeiten. abb.499-503
Frizzi-Munchen, E. (1914) Ein Beitrag sur Ethnologie von Bougainville und Buka mit Spezieller Berücksichtigung der Nasoi. Baessler-Archiv: Beiträge zur Völkurunde Vol.6 p.26
Ribbe, C.(1903) Zwei Jahre unter den Kannibalen der Salomo-Inseln. p.266
- Not on display
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- Gerald C Wheeler was an anthropologist who researched in Solomon Islands in 1908 to 1909 on an expedition with W. H. R. Rivers and A. M. Hocart. He began on Simbo but spent most of his time on Alu. He gave collections of artefacts to the British Museum in 1927, registered as Oc1927.0310 and Oc1927.1003 and documented in Eth Doc 1096.
- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: 32 (Wheeler catalogue in Eth Doc 1096)