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Object Number:89-17-39
Current Location: Collections Storage
Culture:Yonggom/Muyu
Provenience: Papua New Guinea
Western Province, Papua New Guinea
Section:Oceanian
Materials:Shell
Plant Fiber
Credit Line:Purchased from Stuart A. Kirsch, 1989
Other Number:35 - Other Number

Description

Nassa shell valuable in the from of headband. Nassa shells strung onto braided bands, on headband of five strands made of Gnetum twine. Worn at public dances, used for brideprices and pig exchanges. Third in value after cowrie and bailer shell. Made by men. No longer circulated valuable.


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