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Catalog Number

CAS 1984-0008-0057   CAS 1984-0008-0057; Armband
Category Accessories/Ornaments; Bead & Leatherwork
Object Name Armband
Culture Melanesian: ni-Vanuatu
Global Region Oceania
Country Vanuatu (New Hebrides)
State/Prov./Dist. Central Vanuatu, probably
Other Geographic Data unknown
Maker's Name Unknown
Date of Manufacture ca. 1920s
Collection Name Rollo Beck Collection (South Pacific)
Materials Cordage; Glass beads
Description Armband consisting of a woven fiber band that is completely decorated on its exterior with small glass trade beads arranged in diagonal columns of stacked triangles in colors of red, white, blue, and black; Armbands of this type are worn by men to denote a particular societal status or grade.
Dimensions (cm) Width = 8.5, Thickness = 0.4, Max Diam = ca. 10.0