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Shell Necklace

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Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1951A19.95
Collection:Ethnography - Oceania
Date:1875 - 1925


This necklace was carefully hand-crafted, with the shells threaded on silk in alternating directions, as a striking personal adornment.As elsewhere in the world, jewellery in Polynesia is used to signify a person's social standing in a community. Many types of feather headdresses could only be worn by chiefs and certain decorative hair combs and armbands were worn by fishermen being taken on their first expedition.

Transferred from the Wellcome Historical Medical Museum.

Further Information

Production Period:19th century or 20th century
Place of Origin:Niue / Savage Island


Height:490 mm
Width:33 mm