Neck ornament

Production date
Pre 1930s
Country
Solomon Islands
State/Province
Malaita
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Description
Neck ornament of fine plaited plant fibre dyed red with three rows of small shell disks sewn onto base. White button for fastening
Classification
CH classification INDIGENOUS CULTURES Melanesian & South Sea Islander neck ornament
CH classification COSTUME ACCESSORIES Jewellery necklace
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Measurements
L. 200mm, W. 160mm
Media/Materials description
Plant fibres, shell, button
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 neck ornament (known as a kibukibu on Isabel) is made from fine shell disks that have been threaded onto dyed red plant fibre. The piece was given to the Barrett family in the 1930s by visiting missionaries from Solomon Islands.
Registration number
E40758

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