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Staff

This bifacial staff, u’a, has obsidian inlay in the eyes of both faces. This was not only a weapon but a staff of authority that signified high status. ...

Earring

A pair of earrings and a nose ring that would likely be part of a north Indian woman’s bridal jewellery. The 22 carat gold wire frames of both the earrings...

Mbrammuo

The Asante used small weights such as this to measure out specific amounts of gold for centuries. The weights were often decorated with geometric patterns, and were made in Ghana...

Belt

Hand-woven belt would have been used by a woman to accompany her blouse and skirt....

Skirt

A More (pronounced mora) Tahaitian dance skirt. Tapa cloth comes from the Banyan tree, which produces this colour and texture. Also includes hibiscus fibre, job’s tears (coix lacrymajobi - the...

Spear thrower

This is one of a small group of items that were donated by WR Hayman in October 1868. It relates to the first tour of Australian Aboriginal cricketers in...

Fan

This fan has sticks of wood that have been engraved and painted gold. The paper leaf has an oriental scene painted on it. Many fans of this type were exported...