Dance Costume



From: Samoa Islands

Curatorial Section: Oceanian

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Object Number 82-19-4C
Current Location Collections Storage
Culture Samoan
Provenience Samoa Islands
Date Made Before 1982
Section Oceanian
Materials Plant Fiber | Seeds | Shells

Strips of bark stitched together to form a 7.5 cm. wide headband with a 4 cm. wide strip projecting upward from the center of the forehead. Headband decorated with sewn-on shells: three flowers, each consisting of six greenish cowries, and four pairs of larger brown cowries, all surrounded by tiny orange snails. Upward projecting strip faced with tufts of plant fiber. Hanging from the sides of the headband, two pendants of small white seeds, large black seeds, and fiber tassels. Part of a dance costume made for sale to tourists.

Height 44.5 cm
Credit Line Gift of Helen Lombardi, 1982

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