This is a wonderful Large Old Woven Conus Shell Fiber Armband from the Lumi Tribe of the Torricelli Mountains, Angugunak area, West Sepik, Papua New Guinea. Conus shells are worn to display ones wealth, rank and power and were considered prized possessions. Shell money is a medium of exchange similar to money that was once commonly used in many parts of the world. Shell money usually consisted either of whole sea shells or pieces of them, which were often worked into beads shapes or attached to woven fiber armbands. The use of shells in trade began as direct commodity exchange, the shells having value as body ornamentation. The shells have a lovely worn patina from years and generations of use. These Conus Shell bracelet would be wonderful in addition to your collection.
WOVEN FIBER ARMBAND WITH CONUS SHELLS FROM THE LUMI TRIBE OF PAPUA NEW GUINEA
COMES ON STAND
This armband show age, but it is in good condition.
8 1/2" tall on stand
1 1/2" wide woven fiber
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