This is an amazing Old and Rare Shell Igorot Philippines Chest and Necklace called "Sipattal" from the Isneg people of Northern Luzon, Philippines. It is considered one of the most beautiful tribal ornaments of the Cordillerans, worn only by the Isneg tribe of northern Apayao.It is a piece of personal adornment worn by men and women alike. The Sipattalis were usually made of carved butterfly shaped mother of pearl shell, red, black, yellow and blue glass beading and incised fringe edges that hang in a repetitive pattern, and are worn suspended on the chest along with a string of beads on the head. Worn suspended from on the chest or less frequently down the back, from a beaded collar, these neck pieces are reserved for special occasions when they are donned by both men and women, and worn suspended from on the chest or less frequently down the back, from a beaded collar, these neck pieces are reserved for special ceremonies or marriage, as part of the dowry of the family. A truly amazing piece to add to your collection!
12.5 Inches on Stand
10" Long Shell Pendant
4 1/4 Inches x 4 1/4 Inches
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