A FINE WAWAPU BREAST ORNAMENT

Provenance: Michel Koenig, Brussels

This compact breast ornament was surely part of a festive costume for men, but was even worn in military action. It had an amulet-like effect, but could as well provide defense against the enemies arrows.

Plaited rotan, spread with clay-like mass and sewn with strings of nassa snails, boar tusks in several rows set one above the other, fine plant fibre cords along lower rim. Good condition;
Cf: Schmuck der Südsee, Ingrid Herrmann, page 60

Aitape Region, Sadoun Province, North coast Papua New Guinea
Size: 25 x 23 cm

Price: € 1500