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Pearl shell disc with incised geometric patterns filled with red ochre. Such discs were worn by Australian Aboriginal men, suspended from belts, as pubic ornaments. They were also highly valued objects of exchange, traded hundreds of miles into the interior of Australia from the northwest coast, where they were made. The incised patterns are typical […]
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