Image: Aboriginal shell forehead band, Queensland

Aboriginal shell forehead band, Queensland

An Aboriginal shell forehead band made from 59 rectangular pieces of nautilus shell, each with a centrally drilled hole. The shell pieces are threaded onto a double strand of handspun bark-fibre string. A strand of red plant fibre has been wound around the part of the string that would touch the skin. The total length of the twine is 119 cm and each shell segment is 1.8 cm x 0.8 cm. The band was collected from near Cooktown in northern Queensland in 1905.

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