Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Bracelet

Date:
late 19th–early 20th century
Geography:
Nauru
Culture:
Nauru
Medium:
Fiber, coral beads
Dimensions:
Diam. 1 1/2 in. (3.8 cm)
Classification:
Basketry-Ornaments
Credit Line:
Gift of American Friends of the Israel Museum, 1983
Accession Number:
1983.545.26
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 353
As among other Micronesian peoples, women on Nauru excelled in the fiber arts, creating a diversity of beautifully plaited ornaments and accessories. Possibly intended for a child, this small bracelet, only two inches in diameter, is remarkable for the fineness and detail of its decorative plaitwork, executed in alternating strips of plain and dyed black fiber woven together to create a rhythmical geometric design. The bracelet is further adorned with pink coral beads that were originally accented with small bundles of feathers, only traces of which remain.
Hiltrup Mission Museum, Hiltrup, Germany, by ca. 1938 until ca. 1971; Thomas Schultze-Westrum, Munich, Germany and London, ca. 1971–1981; John A. Friede, New York, 1981–1983; Martin and Faith-dorian Wright, New York, in 1983; Israel Museum, Jerusalem, through American Friends of the Israel Museum, New York, in 1983

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