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Breast Ornament (Tema)

Santa Cruz
19th–20th century

Object Place: Santa Cruz, Solomon Islands


Diameter and length: 15.9 cm (6 1/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Giant clam (Tridacna gigas) shell disk with turtle shell appliqué of a stylized human figure, fiber

Not On View


Jewelry / Adornment


Between 1990 and 2002, sold by John Friede, Rye, NY to Leo and Lillian Fortess, Honolulu, HI; by descent, through the Fortess Family Limited Partnership, to their son, Eric Fortess, Newton, MA; 2016, gift of Eric and Esther Fortess to the MFA. (Accession Date: September 28, 2016)

Credit Line

Gift of Eric and Esther Fortess in memory of Leo and Lillian Fortess