Length of plaited RITO, with loop at one end, onto which are attached, at intervals, small white gastropod shells and silvery bivalve shells. A small cowry shell is attached with nylon fishing line at one end of the plaited length of RITO; this fits into the loop to form a clasp.
CH classification COSTUME ACCESSORIES Jewellery necklace
CH classification INDIGENOUS CULTURES
L265 x W120 x H10 mm - approximate.
Plant fibre, shell, nylon fishing line
History and use
Shell necklaces may be worn as part of a woman's dance costume in Cook Islands. Such objects are also popular items made for sale to tourists.
This necklace was formerly part of the collection of the James Cook University Anthropology Museum and was transferred to Queensland Museum in 2004.