A LARGE BREAST ORNAMENT

Provenance: Steijler Mission, Blönried, Germany
1935-1938

These large old Shell Pectoral Ornaments are from the Southern Highlands Province of Papua New Guinea. Shells in general were highly valued as traditional wealth by the people in the interior of New Guinea where they had to travel through trading from the coast where they were collected to hundreds of kilometres through some of the most rugged terrain on the planet. These cut Bailer Shells were used as an ornament during traditional ceremonies. They were also used as a traditional currency and often as bridal dowries paid by a young mans family.

Mandi Valley, Southern Highlands
Papua New Guinea
Bailer Shell, 29 x 27 cm

Price: € 650,-