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Dance Costume

Headdress

Object Number:82-19-4C
Current Location: Collections Storage
Culture:Samoan
Provenience: Samoa Islands
Date Made: Before 1982
Early Date: 1977
Late Date: 1982
Section:Oceanian
Materials:Plant Fiber
Seeds
Shells
Height: 44.5 cm
Credit Line:Gift of Helen Lombardi, 1982

Description

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.

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