Garland of split, dried bark. Decorated with red and yellow flowers and a tassel on a plaited strand base
INDIGENOUS CULTURES Melanesian & South Sea Islander neck ornament
L660 x W80 mm
Made from \ tree from north \ Malaita. \ Given 2005 to Helen.\ Garland walked \ in through airport. \ Bark dried and split and made
History and use
This object is from the Helen Barrett collection, which was donated to Queensland Museum in 2014. Miss Helen Barrett worked as a nurse with the Australian Board of Mission in Solomon Islands from 1947 until 1984. Barrett was based at Tasia in Isabel Province, and Maravovo on Guadalcanal before being stationed at the Hospital of the Epiphany at Fauabu, Malaita from 1968 until 1984. In the 1990s, Barrett worked with the Mothers Union in the Torres Strait Islands. Her collection largely comprises of objects that were presented as gifts over the course of her missionary work in Melanesia.
This modern, plant fibre garland was made in 2005.