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


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.