- Museum number
Plaited pandanus mat or garment, with the design 'taqag bakeo' - shark belly - stencilled on with pink and purple dye. Long, rectangular in form, with a section of open work plaiting at each short end. The pandanus strips at the short ends are knotted then shredded into long tassels and dyed yellow.
- Production date
- 2002 (Sep-Oct)
Length: 214 centimetres
Width: 45 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- "Both this and Oc2002,04.5 have the design 'taqag bakeo' - shark belly. These days for dances women only wear two designs, this one and 'vule'. That is unless the dancer has a high rank herself. If she does she can wear the textile 'matai talai' on top (ie: in that case the woman wears three textiles). It is a way of conveying a message to do this, if someone sees this, they know that the person is of high rank. It is possible to wear both' taqag bakeo' and 'vule' together (one of each) but in this costume both textiles are the same design."
Information supplied by Lissant Bolton, from Jean Tarisesei, Madeline's daughter, Harrison's elder sister.
23 Oct 02.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2003 15 Dec-2009 Jun, BM, 'Living and Dying'
- Good, although folded into half along its length and then into eighths.
- Acquisition date
- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
- Registration number