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Garment, woman's grade textiles made of pandanus leaf fibre. Dyed magenta, with printed patterns of double-ended anthropomorphic figures longitudinally along the band. Fringed along edges and long fringes at ends.
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Length: 96 centimetres
Width: 19 centimetres (including fringing)
Width: 4.20 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Information from Pacific Art in Detail: These bands were worn by the women of the Banks Islands to indicate the rank they had achieved in their ritually graded societies. They were also made by women, plaited from finely-split pandanus leaf. Stencils of images were placed on the strips which were then wrapped and lowered into dye. The completed bands were worn tied in front with tassels hanging down. The patterns featured could indicate a clan affiliation.
On the nearby island of Ambae, a legend tells of the first band 'tupeki' worn by the fully tattooed wife of 'Tagaro', the creator god. Wearing the 'tupeki' showed her tattoos in their full glory. Nowadays, women of |Ambae continue to make textiles that declare the status they have achieved.
- Not on display
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- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
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- Additional IDs
Previous owner/ex-collection number: 4034D (Original Beasley Collection Number)