Collection of Auckland Museum Tāmaki Paenga Hira, 1989.75, 53229
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.
- 0 - Whole 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
30 July 1997
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