University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Athropology

Author: Ben Burt

Kwara’ae Costume Ornaments

A Solomon Islands Art Form

By: Ben Burt

One of the things that im­pressed early European visitors to Solomon Islands was the way the people dressed themselves in beautiful costume ornaments. This is how one group appeared to Douglas Rannie, gov­ernment agent on a ship recruiting Solomon Islands laborers for the sugar plantations of Queensland in 1886: …we went with the boats as […]