Jewellery, belts and other items from Birara (New Britain), 1822-1825.
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Engraving by Ambroise Tardieu after Chazal, plate 20 from 'Voyage autour du monde' ('Voyage round the world') by Louis Isidore Duperrey (1826). Illustrated are a feather ornament, a ring, a bracelet, headdreses, a shell necklace, a plaited straw belt, a Vaquois-leaf hat, a container for lime asociated with the fruit of Melodinus scandens, and two wooden idols. Birara or New Britain is part of Papua New Guinea. Duperrey (1786-1865), a French marine hydrographer, was the commander of the 'Coquille' during its voyage (1822-1825) to Chile, Peru, Polynesia, the Molucca Islands (Indonesia), New Ireland (Papua New Guinea) and Australia.