- Museum number
Arm-band made of woven fibre string, coloured with red and brown pigment, decorated with rows of sewn cut nassa shells and rings of cone shell. There is a pendant of white glass beads ending in a seed case
- Curator's comments
Man's dance armband. In Reite village they would make them exactly like this. These are made all over Madang. In Nekgini language it is called Kaap Saring. That means 'decoration for the tambaran'. The base of it is a woven armband called Muknew, just a woven cane armband - made of alupumbung (vinesp). On top of that is built up another coarser, woven vine armband called kalalai (vinesp) and that holds broken cowries and in this case 8 amangali (circular shell discs with a hole, which are earrings).
On this one there are two strings of stone, bought beads with a broken seed called gning sing gnieng sing. When an extra bit like that is made than in Nekgini - it is called Singsang.
Porer Nombo and Pinabin Sisau, Reite Village, Madang, Papua New Guinea, Melanesia Project 6 August 2009. Tape 67
Tied-on handwritten manilla label:
- Not on display
- Acquisition date
- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
Previous owner/ex-collection number: 98500 (Wellcome Historical Medical Museum number)