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Breast Ornament

Native NameKina
Object Number:2004-12-1
Current Location: Collections Storage
Provenience: New Guinea
Southern Highlands, New Guinea
Materials:Pearl Shell
Cotton (uncertain)
Length: 47 cm
Width: 19.5 cm
Credit Line:Gift of Marilyn and Robert Forney, 2004


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.

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