About this object

A necklace made up of rounded oval bone beads and seven carved bone pendants on string. Two pendants are rounded triangular-shaped at the ends, five are simple elongated rounded rectangles. All are flattened, front to back. Three pendants (the triangular ones and the simple pendant between them) have incised decoration on one side, based on pakati (dog's-tooth notches) between straight or curved parallel grooves. One triangular pendant has a spiral, the other a trident shape.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Personal Ornament; Fake
  • Culture
    Maori
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Oceania: Polynesia: New Zealand
  • Date made
    1928 before
  • Materials
    Bone Mammal; Fibre Textile Cotton String; Technique: Carved, drilled
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Gift of the Trustees of the Wellcome Collection
  • Collector
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place collected
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Date collected
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Measurements
    35.0 cm
  • Note
    Attribution: Probably a fake made by JF Robieson (Peter Gathercole, 14 January 1992).

    Acquired by the Wellcome Historical Medical Museum at Stevens' Auction Rooms, 10 July 1928, Lot 205.
  • Related people
    J F Robieson (Previous owner); Stevens (Previous owner); Wellcome Historical Medical Museum (Previous owner)

Where is this object from?

Ownership

Previous owners

  • Wellcome Historical Medical Museum

    Owned from: 1928-07-10
    How acquired: Gift
    Owned until: 1951
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • Stevens

    Owned from: 1928-07-10
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1928-07-10
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • J F Robieson

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: Unknown or unrecorded
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
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