Armlet

Papua New Guinea
20th century, 1950–2000
Artist unknown, Pacific Islander, Artist Unidentified, Pacific Islander


Object Place: Coastal region, Sepik area, Papua New Guinea

Dimensions

Overall: 19 x 10 x 12.5 cm (7 1/2 x 3 15/16 x 4 15/16 in.) * use diameter (?)

Accession Number

2009.2754

Medium or Technique

Tortoiseshell

Not On View

Collections

Africa and Oceania, Contemporary Art, Jewelry

Classifications

Bracelets and armlets

Tortoiseshell armlets are cherished items of men’s adornment in New Guinea. Manufactured on the coast, they spread along trade routes throughout northern New Guinea, becoming more valuable as they moved farther inland.

Provenance

1967, acquired in Angoram, Sepik, Papua New Guinea by Geneviève McMillan (b. 1922 - d. 2008), Cambridge, MA; 2008, to the Geneviève McMillan and Reba Stewart Foundation, Cambridge; 2009, gift of the Geneviève McMillan and Reba Stewart Foundation to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 17, 2009)

Credit Line

Gift of Geneviève McMillan in memory of Reba Stewart