Neck ornament consists of a polished pearl-shell, convex side facing outwards, almost surrounded by plaited RITO section with a decorative edge. Plaited RITO strands and cowrie shell attached near the top of the pearl-shell, for fastening the ornament around the neck.
Northern Cook Islands style
CH classification COSTUME ACCESSORIES Jewellery necklace
CH classification INDIGENOUS CULTURES
L300 x W195 x H6 mm
Plant fibre, shell, nylon fishing line
History and use
This necklace was made for sale as a tourist item and is based on ornaments worn as part of dance costumes in the Cook Islands. The piece has been woven from rito- the young, inner leaves of a coconut palm. Rito weaving is a distinctive Cook Islands artform and is used to make hats, fans and other ornaments.