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A breast ornament of mother of pearl shell (kina), Papua New Guinea,

Estimate: $300 - $500


Lot Description

A breast ornament of mother of pearl shell (kina), Papua New Guinea,, asymmetrical crescent-shaped, pierced with suspension holes, bound with shell mounted stringwork necklace. late 19th/early 20thC. Gold lipped pearl shells were highly valued among most of tribal PNG, being traded from the coast to the Highlands where their value was greatly inflated. Private Auckland collection. Ex Tauranga missionary collector, 1950s PNG. W.190mm