A SHELL BREAST ORNAMENT

"Bailer Shell"

A breast ornament of the Mendi people, Highlands, Papua New Guinea. This big Bailer shell  is worn by the "great men" initiated at the ceremonies of the Moka. Women can also wear it during Sing Sing dance. These ornaments also serve as a gift to the bride but also money of payment after a war or quarrel.

Highlands, Papua New Guinea
Bailer shell, 21 x 18 cm. Backsite trace of pigments.

Price: €  175,-