This woman's necklace was collected by Baldwin Spencer, who was hosted on Bathurst and Melville Islands in 1911 by the legendary buffalo shooter, Joe Cooper, having made his acquaintance the year before in Darwin. The collaboration between these two men resulted in over a thousand objects being collected, mainly from Tiwi people on the islands, but also from mainlanders, in particular Iwadja people who worked directly for Cooper in his camp. Spencer is known to have purposely purchased a bolt of coloured cloth in Darwin to take with him on this trip to use as a commodity of exchange. No doubt he also traded for important artefacts with sticks of tobacco

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A multistrand ornament made of human hair string bound to form a circle. The pendant attached is made of a rectangular section of pearl shell.

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