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Jewellery & adornment

Arm or leg ornament made of the locks of curled human hair wrapped with fibres and set into a plaited band.

Arm or leg ornament ouoho

human hair, plant fibre, Marquesas Islands, w. 16 cm, h. 10 cm, Inv. Oz 112

Bird figure made of bone that represents a water bird resting on a flat oval base.

Bird figure

bone, Unalaska or Chukot Peninsula, northern Pacific, l. 3 cm, h. 1.8 cm, w. 1.5 cm, Inv. Am 1079

Bracelet made from boar tusks, smoothed and polished and strung together evenly on a cord.

Bracelet kupe’e ho’okalakala

boar tusks, olona fibre, Hawaii, c. 20.4 cm (inner), 40.7 cm (outer), h. 10 cm, Inv. Oz 239

Bracelet made from ivory or dog teeth and turtleshell and strung together on a cord.

Bracelet kupe’e

dog teeth, turtleshell, plant fibre, Hawaii, l. 27 cm, h. 2 cm, Inv. Oz 240

Bracelet made of the bottom part of a large pearly Trochus shell.

Bracelet

trochus shell, Vanuatu, d. 11.7 cm (outside), 9.5 cm (inside), Inv. Oz 397

Bracelet made from the central strip of the hard coconut shell. A zigzag pattern has been cut into the outside, running all round in a repeat pattern.

Bracelet

coconut shell, Vanuatu, d. 9.2 cm (outside), 7.9 cm (inside), Inv. Oz 701

Horseshoe-shaped, collar-like breast ornament or gorget made of cane, coconut fibre, dog hair, shark teeth and feathers.

Breast ornament (gorget) taumi

cane, coconut fibre, dog hair, shark teeth, feathers, Tahiti and the Society Islands, w. 51 cm, h. 33 cm, Hanover 1850, No. 1

Horseshoe-shaped, collar-like breast ornament or gorget consisting of lattice-work made of some cane slips held together by twisted plant fibre strings.

Breast ornament (gorget) taumi

cane, coconut fibre, Tahiti and the Society Islands, w. 51 cm (max.), h. 43 cm, Inv. Oz 426

Breastplate of semicircular shape made of cane, plaited coconut fibres and other plant material, Dog hair, shark teeth, feathers and mother-of-pearl are also used.

Breast ornament (gorget) taumi

cane, dog hair, shark teeth, feathers, mother-of-pearl, Tahiti and the Society Islands, w. 55 cm (max.), h. 52 cm, Inv. Oz 431

Breast ornaments. Object on left made from black coral. Object on right made from white shell. Both have a hole drilled through the middle.

Breast ornaments lei

shell, black coral, Hawaii, l. 3.5 cm; l. 2.9 cm, Inv. Oz 236, 235

Breastplate made of whalebone. The surface is slightly round and curved, and polished on one side.

Breastplate ‘aofi (tui tofua’a)

whalebone, Tonga, 47.5 x 50 cm, Inv. Oz 137

Jewellery & Adornment made from black-brown coconut discs arranged on a string.

Coconut discs tuinga kula

Tonga, d. 0.4–0.75 cm, Inv. Oz 185

Necklace made from dog teeth and strung together on a cord consisting of a plant material.

Dog teeth

Hawaii, l. 33 cm, Inv. Oz 222

Pair of ear ornaments each composed of three pearls, tied together with plaited human hair.

Ear ornaments poe

pearls, plaited human hair, Tahiti and the Society Islands, l. 4.5 cm; l. 9.4 cm, Inv. Oz 427, 428

Ear sticks of two long, round and white rods polished, made from a seashell.

Ear sticks teunga telinga

shell, Tonga, l. 5.2 cm; l. 7 cm, d. 0.5 cm (max.), Inv. Oz 178 a–b

Feather wreath made of bird feathers (the feathers are badly damaged).

Hair ornament

bird feathers, plant fibre, New Zealand, d. 8 cm, Inv. Oz 298

Hat ornament made of the bone of a marine animal, carved into the form of a seated male figure, with eye sockets large and deep, and mouth slightly open.

Hat ornament

bone, Unalaska, northern Pacific, l. 2.4 cm, w. 1.5 cm, Inv. Am 710

Necklace made from bird bones and small snail shells.

Neck ornament

bird bones, snail shells, plant fibre, unattributed, l. 80 cm, Inv. Oz 197

One piece of a two-piece neck ornament consisting of two mother-of-pearl mussel shells. Each with its own neckband.

Neck ornament

mussel shell, coconut fibre, Tahiti and the Society Islands, d. 12 cm; d. 12.5 cm, Inv. Oz 404 a

One piece of a two-piece neck ornament consisting of two mother-of-pearl mussel shells. Each with its own neckband.

Neck ornament

mussel shell, coconut fibre, Tahiti and the Society Islands, d. 12 cm; d. 12.5 cm, Inv. Oz 404 b

Necklace made from shell, coconut shell, tortoiseshell, bone and teeth.

Neck ornament tuinga kahoa

shell, coconut shell, tortoiseshell, bone, teeth, unattributed, possibly Tonga, l. 80 cm, Inv. Oz 220

Necklace made from snail shells strung together a plaited string.

Necklace lei

shells, plant fibre, Hawaii, l. 20 cm, Inv. Oz 224

Necklace made from small worn olive nut shells strung together on a cord made of a plant material.

Necklace lei

shells, plant fibre, Hawaii, l. 28 cm, Inv. Oz 243

Necklace consisting of flat white shells, brown wooden discs, small red snail shells, one larger snail shell, and one tooth arranged on string.

Necklace tuinga kahoa

shells, snail shells, wood, tooth, plant fibre, Tonga, l. 78 cm, Inv. Oz 191

Necklace consisting of small wooden discs incorporated into a plaited string.

Necklace tuinga kahoa

wood, plant fibre, Tonga, l. 43 cm, Inv. Oz 192

Necklace consisting of small brown snail shells arranged on a string.

Necklace tuinga kahoa

snail shells, plant fibre, Tonga, l. 60 cm, Inv. Oz 193

Necklace consisting of small red snail shells arranged onto a plaited string.

Necklace tuinga kahoa

snail shell, coconut fibre, Tonga, l. 54 cm, Inv. Oz 194

Necklace consisting of small white shells, small dark wooden discs, small reddish-brown snail shells and larger pieces of tortoiseshell arranged on a string.

Necklace tuinga kahoa

beads, shell, Tonga, l. 60 cm, Inv. Oz 195

Necklace consisting of pairs of brown snail-shells and bird bones arranged alternately on a string.

Necklace tuinga kahoa

snail shell, bird bones, plant fibre, Tonga, l. 94 cm, Inv. Oz 196

Necklace made of small brown oval seeds and white snail shells.

Necklaces (fragments) tuinga kahoa

seeds, shells, cord, Tonga, Inv. Oz 187

Necklace consisting of brown oval seeds and white snail shells.

Necklaces (fragments) tuinga kahoa

seeds, shells, cord, Tonga, Inv. Oz 188

A flat square bone pendant with half notches on all sides and perforated at the corners.

Ornament ki’i teunga

bone, Tonga, l. 3 cm, w. 4 cm, Inv. Oz 164

A small ornament made of bone carved in the form of a headrest.

Ornament ki’i teunga

bone, Tonga, l. 4 cm, h. 1.4 cm, w. 0.7 cm, Inv. Oz 170

An ornament made of bone carved in the form of a bird.

Ornament ki’i teunga

bone, Tonga, l. 4 cm, h. 1.2 cm, Inv. Oz 173

An ornament made of bone carved in the form of a fin of a fish.

Ornament ki’i teunga

bone, Tonga, l. 5.5 cm, w. 1.5 cm, Inv. Oz 177

Three bone ornaments. The first is barrel-shaped, the second is a round long piece grooved around the middle, and the third is in the shape of a boat or roof.

Ornament ki’i teunga

bone, Tonga, l. 2 cm, l.1.6 cm, l. 2.5 cm, Inv. Oz 181, 182, 175

An ornament made of bone carved in the form of a flower.

Ornament ki’i teunga

bone, Tonga, l. 5.8 cm, Inv. Oz 184

An ornament made of bone carved in the form of a snail or seashell.

Ornament ki’i teunga

bone, Tonga, l. 3 cm, h. 1.7 cm, Inv. Oz 205

Ornamental band made of small Trochi Shells, and plaited together from sinew cord.

Ornamental band uspúka

snail shells, Tierra del Fuego, l. 38 cm, Inv. Am 14

Breast ornament consisting of mussel shell that has been sanded and polished.

Ornamental disc teunga kahoa

mussel shell, plant fibre, Tonga, d. 15.5 cm, Inv. Oz 165a

An ornament made of animal teeth, pointed at one end and perforated at the other.

Ornaments ki’i teunga

animal teeth, Tonga, l. 2.5–3 cm, Inv. Oz 174 a–b, 176 a–b

greenstone, plant fibre, New Zealand, l. 5 cm, Inv. Oz 294

Pendant as earring kuru

greenstone, plant fibre, New Zealand, l. 5 cm, Inv. Oz 294

Earrings made of dark-coloured greenstone, drilled through and threaded with a loop made of plant material.

Pendant as earring kuru

greenstone, plant fibre, New Zealand, l. 8 cm, Inv. Oz 295

 round flat pendant made of a large volute shell perforated at the upper edge.

Pendant shell Ki’i teunga kahoa

Tonga, d. 6 cm, Inv. Oz 183

Pendant consisting of a number of elements such as bone, fish teeth and pieces of tortoiseshell tied on a string. The lowest element is a white, perforated shell disc.

Pendant tuinga

shell, tortoiseshell, bone, teeth, cord, Tonga, l. 12 cm, Inv. Oz 190

Pendants made of shell, bone, or tooth material threaded with thick twisted cord.

Pendants as breast ornaments ei

shell, bone or tooth, plant fibre, Marquesas Islands, l. 8.4–9.5 cm, w. 2–2.5 cm, Inv. Oz 167, 168, 169

An ear-ornament formed of five human teeth strung on a plaited cord.

Pendants as earrings kuru

human teeth, plant fibre, New Zealand, l. 3 cm; l. 3.5 cm, Inv. Oz 296, 297

Jewellery & Adornment consisting of thirty-one white and beige-coloured shell discs arranged on a string.

Shell discs tuinga kula

Tonga, d. 0.4–0.7 cm, Inv. Oz 180

Branch-like head adornment made of ten white snail shells woven into a plaited band made of plant fibres.

Snail shells teunga

Tonga, d. 0.7 cm, Inv. Oz 186

Tufts of dog hair bundled together into twenty-two tassels and tightly wrapped both length-wise and crosswise with fine coconut fibre threads and threaded onto a stick.

Tassels of hair

dog hair, coconut fibre, Tahiti and the Society Islands, l. 10–15 cm, Inv. Oz 432

Tufts of dog hair bundled together into thirteen tassels and tightly wrapped both length-wise and crosswise with fine coconut fibre threads and threaded onto a stick.

Tassels of hair

dog hair, coconut fibre, Tahiti and the Society Islands, l. 10–15 cm, Inv. Oz 433

Tufts of dog hair bundled together into twenty-two tassels and wrapped with fine coconut fibre threads on three strings made of light and medium brown and black plant fibres.

Tassels of hair

dog hair, coconut fibre, Tahiti and the Society Islands, l. 10–15 cm, Inv. Oz 434

Jewellery & Adornment made from reddish-brown and blackish-brown tortoise shell discs arranged on a string.

Tortoiseshell discs tuinga kula

Tonga, d. 0.6–1.4 cm, Inv. Oz 189

Medium-brown wood box made from a hollowed-out tree trunk with a rectangular opening.

Treasure box

wood, probably uru (breadfruit), Tahiti and the Society Islands, l. 97 cm, w. 21 cm, h. 15 cm, Inv. Oz 349

Two curved boar tusks, white, but with a light yellow colouration in several places.

Two boar tusks nifo puaka

Tonga, l. 14–16.5 cm, Inv. Oz 171, 172