- Museum number
Openwork nose ornament 'nelo' made of pearlshell. It has a fine fibre string.
Length: 8.20 centimetres
Width: 11 centimetres
Depth: 1.50 centimetres
- Curator's comments
Beasley register reads:
1497. Santa Cruz. N. Hebrides:- A facial ornament, worn at certain dances before the nose and mouth, being attached by the fine strip passing behind the ears consisting of a pierced & fretted plate of pearlshell. Collected on Santa Cruz by the Rev. Hubert J. Nind of Pamua, San Christoval & purchased of him.
Rectangular openwork plaques made of pearl shell functioned as nose ornaments, 'nelo', in Santa Cruz, the southeasternmost group of islands in the Solomon archipelago. They were the most highly valued of all ornaments there and were worn by men during ceremonial dance known as nelo.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1997 13 Oct-1998 5 Jan, India, New Delhi, National Museum, The Enduring Image
1998 9 Feb-3 May, India, Mumbai, Sir Caswasjee Jahangir Hall, The Enduring Image
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- Purchased by Harry Beasley from Rev. H Nind of the Melanesian Mission in 1924.
- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
Previous owner/ex-collection number: 1497 (Beasley catalogue)