- Museum number
Breast ornament made of five pieces of cachalot (sperm whale) ivory secured with metal (?) pegs, suspension cord of vegetable fibre.
- Production date
- 19thC(early)-19thC(late) (before 1904)
Height: 19.50 centimetres
Width: 19.20 centimetres
Depth: 1.90 centimetres
- Curator's comments
Handwritten old label: 'Obtained during "Little War" (Fiji) from Rewa Warrior who took it at the sacking of [?] Mata na vatu.'
A similar object in the collection (Oc,+.5971) is in the Tongan style but findspot was at one time noted as the Caroline Islands.
Hooper (2016:125) notes that 'This breastplate exhibits the canoe-builders' binding technique through raised flanges on the back...Probably originally made in Lau or the Koro Sea region of eastern Fiji, it had made a long journey into the interior of western Viti Levu by 1876'.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2016-2017 15 Oct-25 Feb, Norwich, UEA, Sainsbury centre, Fiji: Art and life in the Pacific
2019-2021 15 Dec-2 May, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Fiji: Art & Life in the Pacific
- Good condition
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- Collected by Sir William Allardyce (in Fiji 1879 - 1904, Governor 1901 - 1902), in whose memory they are given.
- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
- Registration number