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ornament, neck

Object / Artefact › Pacific/Ethnology
  • Other titles
    • chest ornament
    • dafe
  • Description
    chest ornament, pearl shell crescent shaped
  • Place
  • Other Number
    1989.75, 53229
  • Accession number
  • Accession date
    8 May 1989
  • Collection area
  • Item count
  • Record richness
breast ornament
breast ornament


  • Credit
    Collection of Auckland Museum Tāmaki Paenga Hira, 1989.75, 53229
  • Notes
    Made in the late twentieth century, this dafe maintains all the features of old traditional forms. A small frigate bird motif carved in turtle shell is attached to the polished gold lip pearl shell crescent, which is worn suspended around a man’s neck by the cord of shell money discs. This cord of shell money was probably made at Auki, a small island off the south-west coast of Malaita, which has long been the centre of currency making by women who cut, drill and polish the red Spondylus shells.
  • Culture
  • Production
  • Consists of
  • Dimensions
    • 0 - Whole length : 590mm
      (length 590mm 69 x 185mm height x width x depth/length)
      (Pacific Jewellery and Adornment (Neich and Pereira))
    • 0 - Whole height : 69mm
    • 0 - Whole width : 185mm
  • Record created
    30 July 1997

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