Papua New Guinea Mask Talipun Money Shell Mask

$472.60 $556.00

This is a wonderful Woven Talipun Shell Mask from the Boiken People from the Yangoru Village of the Prince Alexander Mountains in Papua New Guinea. The shell is the giant green snail or marbled turban shell (Turbo marmoratus). This is traded from the islands to the mainland where in itself is currency. It is then attached to a woven mask. This mask represents spirits. Talipun in pidgin means bride-prices and the Boiken people from the Yangoru village of Prince Alexander Mountains are best known for those trade valuables consisting of small, woven-cane masks or figures attached to carefully cut spiral section of the shell. The Talipun is a highly valued and used in ceremonial exchange as a Bride Price or as compensation for inter-clan or tribal warfare. This traditional mask is one of the most important forms of currency. This is a fabulous and unique Talipun Shell woven mask and would be a wonderful addition to your home and collection.

Late 20th-Century

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This Talipun shows age, but in good condition.
One of a Kind and very Collectible

15" tall

9 1/2" wide

Shell

9"long

6 1/2" wide

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