Alan Preston (New Zealander, b.1941), Artist 1984 © All rights reserved See full details
An early breastplate cut out of mother of pearl with plaited magi magi (brown coconut husk fibre) cord. One side of the shell is shell is white and the reverse dark. A precursor to the Bone Stone Shell work from 1988. Exhibited in Paciific Adornment at the Dowse in 1985. Reflecting Preston’s interest in Pacific breastplate forms. Alan Preston is one of the founding members of Fingers jewellery gallery and cooperative beginning in Auckland in 1974.
mother of pearl, magi magi (coconut husk fibre), vau (hibiscus bark)
60 x 130mm (h x w of breastplate)
Collection of The Dowse Art Museum, purchased 1985