This is a Fabulous 1960's Woman's Shell Belt from Bontoc, Northern Island, Philippines. A Bontoc woman’s belt is called an Akusan, and it consists of a handwoven band of indigo dyed linen cloth strung with giant Conus shells, small Gastropod shells and coiled brass. It is worn around the waist as a belt. The center pouch contains a Conus shell but was once used to store small valuables and magic substances such as the dried umbilical cord of the owner's firstborn child and fetish objects important to the owner. This belt is considered a high status belt worn by the women. This belt is extraordinary and one of a kind and would compliment your collection or home.
COMES ON STAND
Shows age, but is in excellent condition. No broken Shells. 1960's very collectible and Museum quality.
20 1/2" tall on Stand
2" - 3" tall
1 1/4" long
1 1/4" - 2 1/2"
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