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Head ornament

This shell disk is probably from an ornament with turtleshell overlay, either a dala head ornament from the Solomons or a tema chest pendant from Santa Cruz....

Ornament

Ear ornament made of jade (pounamu). Pounamu has many legends associated with its various forms but is usually said to be a fish transformed to stone when exposed to the...

Neck ornament

This is the damaged remains of a neck ornament made from coconut fibre thread and shell danglers....

Nose ornament

A ‘shoal of fish’ ornament (parapara ni i’e) of turtle-shell and pearl shell....

Pendant

This shell appear to have been polished with machine tools as an ornament to appeal to European taste and not for local use....

Ear ornament

These ornaments are from the Santa Cruz Islands in the Pacific. They have been carefully carved with the edges polished to a shine displaying the grain of the material. People...

Ear ornament

“Ahakoa he iti he pounamu” is a Maori proverb (whakatauki) which means “although it is small it is precious.” Nephrite (pounamu) was a prestigious and highly valued stone that it was...

Ear ornament

This is a small but highly prized ornament (kuru) made of jade (pounamu). Pounamu has many legends associated with its various forms but is usually said to be a...

Ornament

Although the register describes this as a stick of feather money, it is actually a hair ornament of the feathers used for money, as worn by men for dances....