This is a wonderful small Bailer Shell Necklace with Conus, Nassa Shells and a Snail shell at the bottom and comes from the Papuan Gulf. These ornaments were worn by men and young women on special occasions and ceremonial dances. As a form of currency, they were an important part of the bride price in marriages. These Shell necklaces were also worn during festivals. These decorative Shell necklaces were only worn by the “Big Men”, the initiated men and the Shamans of Papua New Guinea, and only during special ceremonies and rites, as a pectoral ornament. The necklace of the Bailer shell on each side is created with woven bark fiber adorned with a Conus and Nassa shells. These shells had such value that they were used as payment money as well as the as the bride price or payments after wars and feuds. This is a lovely and unique necklace and would be a wonderful addition to your collection.
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Show age, but in good condition
2 1/2" - 3" the round shell
4" Baler Shell
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