Pair bangles carved from clam shell.
INDIGENOUS CULTURES Melanesian & South Sea Islander body ornament
COSTUME ACCESSORIES Jewellery bangle
Large bangle - Dia 80 x H10 mm
Small bangle - Dia 74 x H8
String bags \ GIFTS. 2 bangles signs \ of friendship. \ Isobel people. Gift of bag \ 2006
History and use
This pair of shell armbands 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.
The armbands were presented along with a string bag (E40738) as a gift to the donor in 2007.