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Bodice (part of dance costume) of double-layer natural ecru barkcloth, open in front, with two narrow shoulder straps; outer surface, including straps, decorated with sewn-on hibiscus-fibre rosettes of natural yellowish ecru colour with dyed salmon pink centres; on right side of opening six "buttons", each of three abrus seeds, with corresponding loops (only two extant) on opposite side.
- Production date
Length: 55 centimetres
Width: 45 centimetres (as worn)
Width: 86 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Collection made by donor in field in 1950s.
Also MS in Departmental Library, N. Sandwith, "Wide-eyed in Tonga: a South Seas odyssey", and paintings, sketches and photographs in Departmental Pictorial Archive.
Donor's label: "'Tau'olunga' or hula costume. Nuku'alofa. Tonga. 1954."
- Not on display
- Acquisition date
- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
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