These is a Vintage Woven Fiber Shell Leg Band from the Iatmul Tribal People of Papua New Guinea. This would be considered a brides price with Cowrie shells sewn on the plant fiber. This piece was worn by a man as a leg band band indicating wealth and status. Shells were often used as currency, and their value depended on how bright and shiny they looked. The cowrie shell was prized for its brightness, as well as certain magical qualities. Because of the shell’s value, only people of importance and wealth could afford to wear them. These are leg bands would be a wonderful addition to your home or collection.
Shows Natural wear and Age
2 3/4 Inches Tall
13.5 Inches Long
.5 Inches Deep
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