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ornament

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    Oc1990,09.200

  • Description

    Pearlshell ornament, crescent-shaped, pierced through both ends for suspension tie; golden in colour and bearing traces of red pigment.

  • Ethnic name

  • Date

    • 20thC
  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Width: 19.2 centimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Slender pearlshell ornament (‘kine andam’ – literally ‘husband pearlshell’ in the Wahgi language), purchased from Nin of the Komblo sub-group Kekanem Kurmukanem. Nin says he obtained this pearlshell in Manus after the Second World War where he had gone with a ‘yembang’, a white man (literally, a red man) named Peter. Komblo were expelled from their land as refugees in the early 1930s and many Komblo men of Nin’s age spent a period away as labour migrants during the 1940s and 1950s. For Komblo’s history and an account of the making of the collection of which this is part see ‘Paradise: portraying the New Guinea Highlands’ by Michael O’Hanlon (British Museum Press, 1993).
    Field collection no:55

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  • Bibliography

    • O'Hanlon 1989 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1990

  • Department

    Africa, Oceania & the Americas

  • Registration number

    Oc1990,09.200

  • Additional IDs

    • 55 (field collection number)
Pearlshell ornament, crescent-shaped, pierced through both ends for suspension tie; golden in colour and bearing traces of red pigment.

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