This is a beautiful Moka Kina Shell from the Highlands of Papua New Guinea. This traditional money from Papua New Guinea was mainly used as bride price money and other payments. This would be utilized and complete a Papua New Guinea man's Breastplate. The resin embedded Moka would take place only after the Moka ceremony and then the red coloring would be applied. The Kina shell is also represented as a personal adornment used for ceremonial occasions. A woven cord of plant or animal fibers is fastened to holes drilled on both ends of the shell. Clan Moka ceremonies where exchanges made to bind the friendships or solidarity of neighboring clans. This would be a prestige piece worn at gatherings of the clans. These ceremonies and festivals a Big Man organized with the help of his clan, and then another group was presented with Kina shells or pigs. Moka were a means to increase the prestige of a Big Man. This Moka Kina Shell is magnificent. This would an amazing item to adorn any collection.
" DO KEEP MOKA KINA SHELLS OUT OF SUNLIGHT, IF NOT, THE RESIN WILL MELT".
COMES ON STAND
Shows age and has some chips on the side, but overall in good condition.
9" on stand
8 " wide
9 1/2" long
19 1/2" long
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