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pubic cover

pubic cover
A pubic cover, made from a piece of Melo amphora shell, with a plaited coconut fibre waistband attached by wool and European buttons threaded through two drilled holes. It is decorated with geometric carved lines and has a bunch of goa nuts attached to the waistband. It is said to be worn by men for war ceremonies. It is called a "hizzeri" or "alida" by the Meriam people. Collected by C. Hedley and A.R. McCulloch in 1907. (29x15.5cm.) 
Australian Museum 
photographer: AM, Anthropology Dept - Unknown
 
Summary:
E017284 - 30/10/1907, pubic cover, Mer (Murray Islands), Torres Strait, Queensland, Australia, Australia
Item Name:
pubic cover
Label:
A pubic cover, made from a piece of Melo amphora shell, with a plaited coconut fibre waistband attached by wool and European buttons threaded through two drilled holes. It is decorated with geometric carved lines and has a bunch of goa nuts attached to the waistband. It is said to be worn by men for war ceremonies. It is called a "hizzeri" or "alida" by the Meriam people. Collected by C. Hedley and A.R. McCulloch in 1907. (29x15.5cm.)
Keywords:
warfare
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:
E017284
Associated Stories:
The Hedley and McCulloch Collection: Torres Strait 1907
Australian Museum Expedition to Torres Strait in 1907: Rationale