Carved wooden anthropomorphic figurine. Body has carved arms, legs with bulging knees, and male genitalia. The legs terminate in a round stump. The head has carved large eyes, a looping nose, a beard, and ears . The figure is wearing a hat with three vertical elements in high relief, the most anterior of which is carved into small segments. The front of the hat is intricately carved. The hat is topped with a round bulge.
A wooden club. The handle (23 cm) is cylindrical with a bulb at the terminus and a raised section at the join with the club. The club is roughly an elongated diamond. There is a slightly raised ridge on the underside, and a sharply raised ridge on the top, creating a roughly triangular cross-section. The edges of the club, on both the exterior and underside, are outlined with four parallel incisions. The outer incisions are toothed. An unknown b
Carved wooden anthropomorphic figure. Body has legs and arms with carved hands, wrist and armbands, chest decoration, navel, and male genitalia. Legs terminate is a circular wooden piece. The head has carved eyes and a long trunk which terminate in the chest. The figure is wearing an elaborately decorated pointed headdress. The hat has four sides and seven layers denoted by carved extensions. The side panels are decorated with toothed curved lin
Straight, slightly rounded length of shaped, polished bone used as a septum plug. Lengths of brown thread are wrapped around the bone near each end. Ends are sharp. Bone is stained slightly yellow with age.
Square tapestry made of tapa cloth. Pattern is on one side, beige-orange background with design in white lines of triangles, lines, and outlines of brown and black triangles, diamonds, and coffee-bean shaped outlines. Pattern is the same on six panels. Underside is beige with white outlines of patterns. Panels are different deepness of color.
Coarse, dark, "everyday" grass skirt. Fibers are knotted in bundles onto a braided cord. The skirt is mid-length, as opposed to both the short "high-quality" skirts and other long everyday skirts. Creases from being folded for an extensive period of time. Each end has two braids of cord for tying.
High quality "grass" skirts made from prepared fibers of the Konga Tree. Fibers are short and knotted densely onto a thick length of braided cord. The skirt is light colored and has a few patches of "shortened" fibre that may have come off earlier. The cord has double strands at both ends for tying the skirts.
"Everyday" grass skirt made from coarse unfinished fibers. Skirt is fairly thin, with fewer fibers knotted onto the belt than most other skirts. Two strands of cord on each end to secure the skirt. Object is brittle and dried into shape in which it was folded for extended period of time.
Bundle of two preparations of fiber made from Konga Tree bark. The bark has been washed, bleached, and shredded to form two types of fiber. The finer, softer, lighter swatch is made into the best quality grass skirts. The darker, coarser preparation is made into slightly less formal wear. The prepared fiber is of pliable texture and forms a coarse weave of almost honey comb-like shape.
Pleated, cylindrical b ag with pointed top made from hand-woven brown plant fibers. Has 21 long tassles used to tie the bag to its owner--worn either slung over the shoulder or tied around the wrist. Weave is simple over-under pattern. Tassles are wound cord, some of which are fraying at the end.
Remants of strings of shell beads. The string broke and many beads came off, the entirety is in an envelope in a small box. The shell beads are probably spondyllus, and the majority are white, with black dirt from age. Some orange and pink beads are interspersed on the part of the strong that is still intact. The end that broke free is the knot of cloth used to tie the strong onto the body. A different partial string is of larger pink spondyllus
A rectangular mat made from plant fibers woven in a simple over-under checkerboard pattern done on a diagonal. This gives the mat zig-zag borders with flat corners. Mat has been folded for a long time and is quite stiff.
"Everyday" grass skirt made from the bark of the betel nut tree. The individual fibers are knotted onto a thicker brade (which comprises the belt) individually, leaving a long side and a short side (approx. 1.5 inches long). The braid which forms the belt is in two thinner cords on each side which are knotted at the ends and can be tied together to hold the wrap-around skirt in place.
Short wrap-around skirt made from Konga tree Fibers. The lengths of fiber thread are woven into the braid of a stiffer character which forms the belt of the skirt. The ends are two cords each (4 total) which can be tied together to secure the skirt.
The woven pattern appears to be the result of knotting individual threads onto the belt.
Hand-woven bag of grass fibers, almost perfectly square-shaped, there is no bottom panel and a slit opening at top. Made from black and tan fibers in alternating patterns. The top and bottom have horizontal stripes and the body is vertical stripes. Pattern is 5 tan stripes alternating 4 black stripes, then one stripe of an x-pattern, repeated 6 times, then a horizontal pattern on a wide vertical stripe. Pattern is continuous on both sides.
Pill-box shaped basket made of red-dyed grass fibers and natural fibers interwoven by hand. The bottom has a circle of purely red fibers surrounded by a thicker weave of tan fibers. The design is alternating colors zig-zagging at an angle from 2/3 of the top down through the body. The pattern switches to red triangles on a tan background near the top, and alternating stripes of red and tan at the top. The basket has been folded and flattened and i
Wooden pick-comb with shell inlays. The comb has 18 teeth, the entire comb is carved from a single piece of wood. The shell designs are interspersed with black patterns either carved or burned into the wood; the designs are on the body and handle of the comb and are different on each side. The design is star-shaped on one side (with shell inlay) and abstract on the other (no shell inlay).
Replica of a wooden paddle made from dark hardwood. The handle and paddle are carved from a single piece. Handle is a small half-circle, the arm widens out to widest point of paddle, where an inverted T is etched from the wood. Piece narrows to bottom point from the "T". Below the T are two shell inlays (pearl-colored) in the shape of 4-pointed stars. The pattern is the same on both sides of the paddle.
Stiff, foldable mat made from 3 strips of dense plant fiber. One edge is zig-zag pattern, the other is straight, both are stitched with thread. Mat has been folded in half and then in quarters for many years.
Long comb with black wooden bristles and red and yellow decoration. Decoration is woven grass fibers that hold together bristles. In mid section there is yellow zigzag pattern over red fibers, and at the top is intricate yellow fibers woven into the black wood. 3 bands of brown fiber separate sections.
Small bag or pouch woven from tan and dark brown plant fiber, probably some kind of grass. Varying pattern of vertical lines, along with border around bottom of bag and top of opening. The bag is folded over approximately in half.