Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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riji (men's pubic covering)
  • unknown Australian Aboriginal maker
  • riji (men's pubic covering), late 1800s–1944
  • Where object was made: Kimberley, Western Australia, Australia
  • oyster shell, incising
  • Object Length/Width: 18.5 x 13.5 cm
    Object Length/Width: 7 1/4 x 5 5/16 in
  • Gift of Karl F. Baldwin
  • Not on display
  • 2007.2722
Label Text

The large egg-shaped pendant is made of white iridescent shell. There are three holes at the narrower end. The surface is incised with a zigzagging and jagged pattern of three parallel lines. Most of the design is a continuous line.