MOKA KINA WEALTH PLAQUE
Private collection Loed van Bussel, Amsterdam
A chest ornament or pectoral now worn by men during specific festivals in the Wihgi Valley in the Western Highlands of New Guinea. It has been suggested that the origin of the Moka Kina is associated with dances in preparation for battle. The Kina Shell which is a prominent part of this device is highly valued and used for barter.
Melpa people, Mount Hagen, Western Highlands Province, PNG
Gold lip pearl shell, red ochre, hard tree resin and woven band.
Price: € 950,-