Dance rattle (Kisi Kisi)

Production date
1960s-1980s
Country
Solomon Islands
State/Province
Malaita
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Description
Register description: Dance rattle-seed pods on wooden shaft, tied with nylon fishing line. L.315mm,W.95mm
Classification
CH classification INDIGENOUS CULTURES Melanesian & South Sea Islander dance ornament
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Measurements
L.315 mm,W. 95mm
Media/Materials description
Wood, seed pod, nylon pvc
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.

The dance rattle was collected on the island of Malaita in Solomon Islands. The seed pods that produce the rattle sound have been strung to the handle using modern synthetic fishing wire.
Registration number
E17342

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