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Native Name:
Kina
Object Number:
2004-12-1
Current Location:
Collections storage
Culture:
Mendi
Provenience:
New Guinea
Southern Highlands, New Guinea
Section:
Oceanian
Materials:
Pearl Shell
Cotton (uncertain)
Cowrie
Pigment
Description:
Large pearl shell crescent, colored red on the outer (convex) face. Wide suspension strap consisting of 11 cotton (?) plaits with small cowries at the narrowed ends, which are attached to the tips of the shell crescent with soft black twisted cord. Strap also colored red.
Credit Line:
Gift of Marilyn and Robert Forney

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