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breast ornament

breast ornament
Breast ornament. Mer (Murray Island), Torres Strait, Queensland. 
Australian Museum 
photographer: AM, Anthropology Dept - Finton Mahony
 
Summary:
E017274 - 30/10/1907, breast ornament, Mer (Murray Islands), Torres Strait, Queensland, Australia, Australia
Item Name:
breast ornament
Label:
A wooden breast ornament. It is decorated with red ochre, feathers, coconut fibre and four Andara shells. It is said to be worn on the chest to indicate that the wearer was abstaining from certain foods. It is known as "iwa sab" by the Meriam people. It was collected for the Museum by C. Hedley and A.R. McCulloch in 1907. (17.0x10.0cm.)
Keywords:
symbol
Place:
Mer (Murray Islands)
Region:
Torres Strait
Province/State:
Queensland
Country:
Australia
Collection Area:
Australia
Museum Department:
Anthropology
Registration Date:
30/10/1907
Registration Number:
E017274
Associated Stories:
The Hedley and McCulloch Collection: Torres Strait 1907
Australian Museum Expedition to Torres Strait in 1907: Rationale
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Breast ornament. Mer (Murray Island), Torres Strait, Queensland. 
Australian Museum 
photographer: AM, Anthropology Dept - Finton Mahony
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Breast ornament. Mer (Murray Island), Torres Strait, Queensland. 
Australian Museum 
photographer: AM, Anthropology Dept - Finton Mahony
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Breast ornament. Mer (Murray Island), Torres Strait, Queensland. 
Australian Museum 
photographer: AM, Anthropology Dept - Finton Mahony
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Breast ornament. Mer (Murray Island), Torres Strait, Queensland. 
Australian Museum 
photographer: AM, Anthropology Dept - Finton Mahony