University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
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Object Number:89-17-39
Current Location: Collections Storage
Provenience: Papua New Guinea
Western Province, Papua New Guinea
Plant Fiber
Credit Line:Purchased from Stuart A. Kirsch, 1989
Other Number:35 - Other Number


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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