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Object Number:89-17-41
Current Location: Collections Storage
Culture:Yonggom/Muyu
Provenience: Papua New Guinea
Western Province, Papua New Guinea
Section:Oceanian
Materials:Shell
Credit Line:Purchased from Stuart A. Kirsch, 1989
Other Number:20 - Other Number

Description

Bailer shell valuable. Single shaped bailer shell, suspended from a tulip string. Worn at public dances, concave side out. Also used for bride prices and pig exchanges. Second in value. Large bailer shells were traded in but cut and shaped locally. Perforations drilled with a rat's tooth. No longer circulated as valuable.


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