University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Object Number: P3091A
Current Location: Collections storage
Culture:Australian Aborigine
Provenience: Australia
Northwestern Australia
Kimberley Region
Date Made: Late 19th century
Early Date: 1875
Late Date: 1900
Section:Oceanian
Materials:Pearl Shell
Human Hair
Red Ochre
Technique:Incised
Length: 17cm
Width: 12.5cm

Description

Pearl shell disc with incised geometric patterns filled with red ochre. Human hair belt. Such discs, originally worn as pubic ornaments, were also highly valued objects of exchange, traded hundreds of miles into the interior from the northwest coast of Australia, where they were made.


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