Headband

Oceania
20th century
Artist Unidentified, Pacific Islander


Dimensions

Overall: 19 x 55.5 cm (7 1/2 x 21 7/8 in.)

Accession Number

2009.2644

Medium or Technique

shells, fabric, paint?

Not On View

Collections

Africa and Oceania, Contemporary Art, Jewelry

Classifications

Hair ornaments

Jewelry and other bodily adornments serve a variety of purposes. Certain objects are symbolic of the wealth and prestige of the wearer, while others serve as protective devices that ward off spiritual and physical harm. Among many Oceanic communities, the importance of bodily adornment carried into the afterlife and the deceased would be buried with their personal jewelry.

Headbands such as this one were commonly part of a much larger headdress worn during battle or during ceremonial activities for which a headdress was required.

Provenance

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