Two Santa Cruz, Soloman Islands, Breast Pendants 'Tema'

Two Santa Cruz, Soloman Islands, Breast Pendants 'Tema'

1800 to 2000 Solomon Islands

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Two Santa Cruz, Soloman Islands, Breast Pendants 'Tema'
known as 'Kap Kap'

Late 19th Century - Early 20th Century

Size : 15cm diameter and 14.5 cm diameter
6 ins diameter and 5 ins diameter
Worn by initiated men as a symbol of status these pendants are called 'Tema'. The disc is made of tridacna, or giant clam shell, pierced to retain the hawksbill turtle shell panel and cut to resemble a stylised silhouette of a Frigate bird beneath Bonito fish, visualised as lozengers. In the Soloman Islands the frigatebird is associated with fishing prowess, strength and endurance.
Dimensions
Depth 15.00 cm (5.91 inches)
Medium
Shell and Tortoiseshell
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