- Museum number
Belt made banana or hibiscus fibre, loom woven, with bands of patterning in russet, red, blue, orange and light-brown fibre, with some remnants of red trade cloth. Rows of thin circular white shell discs, interspersed with several black discs, threaded in a geometric pattern. A single row of orange-pink shell bead pendants, suspended from threads carrying five or six small glass European trade beads. Part way along the belt is gathered together and sewn (?).
- Production date
- late 19thC (likely)
Length: 147 centimetres
Width: 9 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Identified as a cloth of banana leaf or hibiscus fibre by Margery Blackman, a scholar of weaving, of Dunedin, during her visit to the Textile Centre on 7/9/04.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1983–1986 16 Dec-29 Jun, London, BM, Museum of Mankind, Pattern of islands: Micronesia yesterday and today
- Hem along one long edge is frayed.
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- Probably acquired by Harry Beasley in 1929 [original Beasley catalogue to be checked]
- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
Previous owner/ex-collection number: 2351 (Original Beasley Collection Number)