This a very Old Turbo Clam Shell Necklace from the Yangoru/Boiken Tribal People East Sepik Province of Papua New Guinea. Marriage is proscribed with members of one's own tribe, most more-distant tribes, and close maternal relatives. Marriage involves bride-wealth and initiates a have flow of shell valuables from wife-receiving to wife-giving that is reciprocated with food, labor, and protection. The wealth is said to "buy" the "skins" or "bodies" of the woman's children; the food, labor, and protection reflect the "maternal" obligations of her natal responsibilities toward her child. Turbo -based shell wealth were traded to the low foothills in exchange for net bags and shell wealth. This shell necklace would be a wonderful addition to your collection.
Shows age, but in good condition
TOTAL 8 SHELLS
12" long half portion
1/2" - 3/4" wide
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