Armlet decorated with a double row of glass blue beads.
When the old coinage ceased to be legal currency the various nations were left with large amounts of them and converted them into adornment accessories such as these armlets.
This wide collar necklace is worn by a young uninitiated girl aged 4 - 5.
A necklace composed of several strands of aluminium wire coiled around a strand of iron wire.
A necklace made from the thin slivers of an aromatic wood.
This large beaded collar necklace of black beads is worn by an uncircumcised girl and was once made from till (black sesame) seeds if it is locally available.
A leather strap is decorated with aluminium moon-shaped terminals.
Such belts are worn by unmarried girls to attract the attention of young men at the many youth dances.
Six hoops of cane decorated with handmade glass beads and fastened together with grass fibre.
A traditional headband worn around the head of a woman for dancing.
These are the typical type of Kikuyu earrings worn by initiated young girls and women.
This ear ornament is made of a short copper chain with a single large old blue handmade Venetian glass bead.
Lip plugs are worn by both men and women after initiation, but is a matter of choice.
Leaf-shaped earrings worn by Turkana women.
Kamba hip belt consisting of six tubular lengths fixed together and decorated with beads.
Leaf-shaped earrings like these are worn by Turkana women.
The English word ‘tattoo’ comes from the Tahitian word ‘tatau’ - ‘to inflict wounds’.
Ground black basalt head set into a wooden haft with coconut fibre bindings, some missing.
Originally adzes of this kind were a form of god image, possibly related to Tane-mata-ariki.
Adzes of this kind were a form of god image, possibly related to Tane-mata-ariki.
Highly polished blade of volcanic stone.
The hard, glassy volcanic lava from which this adze is made might be from New Zealand’s North Island.
This is a ground and polished stone axe head from Canada.
This carved adze haft has eyes made from paua shell.
Made from basalt (manutea), this hogback adze (toki) is common to eastern Polynesia and would have been used to fell tress and carve canoes.
It is said that adze stones (emoa) were acquired from the sea bottom.