Two Men’s Ear Ornaments from San Cristobal, Solomon Islands, Melanesia

Two Men’s Ear Ornaments from San Cristobal, Solomon Islands, Melanesia

1800 to 1900 Solomon Islands

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Two Men’s Ear Ornaments from San Cristobal, Solomon Islands, Melanesia
With old ink inscribed labels reading ‘earring Solomon Islands’ and ‘ear drop Malayta Isd. Solomon group’
Late 19th Century

Size: 4cm long – 1½ long (max)
The surface of the shaped Canarium nut has been carefully covered with Parmarium resin and then finely inlaid with cut pieces of Nautilus shell. Men throughout the Solomon Islands pierced their earlobes and would wear an assortment of decorative earrings, plugs and sticks.
Dimensions
Height 4.00 cm (1.57 inches)
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