- Museum number
Pendant for the nose of pearlshell in 'shoal of fish' design
- Production date
- 19th century (or early 20th)
Height: 6 centimetres
Width: 6.50 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- The style of the ornament, representing mackeral tails, is characteristic of Sa'a in south Malaita island, Ulawa island and Makira island (see Ivens 1927:143 and 1929, Dictionary and Grammar of the Languages of Sa'a and Ulawa, Solomon Islands, for Sa'a / Ulawa, including the name 'shoal-of-fish', and Bernatzik 1936 pl.62,64,65 for Makira)
The register gives Ivens' collection as: Mostly Mala or Ulawa S. E. SOLOMONS
and refers to his book 'Melanesians of the Southeast Solomon Islands' which deals with Sa'a in south Malaita and Ulawa. This implies that the provenance was a curatorial deduction.
- On display (G24/dc3)
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- Mrs Eleanor Ivens, the widow of Rev W G Ivens of the Melanesian Mission, gave her husband's collection of Solomon Islands artefacts to the British Museum after his death in 1940.
- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
- Registration number