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Seven Old Shell Ornaments from Humboldt Bay West Papua Irian Jaya Indonesia


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Collection No. TB-785
Size 8cm to 40cm
Seven Old Shell Ornaments from Humboldt Bay West Papua Irian Jaya Indonesia
Seven Old Shell Ornaments from Humboldt Bay West Papua Irian Jaya Indonesia
Seven Old Shell Ornaments from Humboldt Bay West Papua Irian Jaya Indonesia
Seven Old Shell Ornaments from Humboldt Bay West Papua Irian Jaya Indonesia
Seven Old Shell Ornaments from Humboldt Bay West Papua Irian Jaya Indonesia
Seven Old Shell Ornaments from Humboldt Bay West Papua Irian Jaya Indonesia

These Seven Fine Old Shell Ornaments are from the Humboldt Bay area on the North Coast of West Papua (Irian Jaya) Indonesia.

These fine Shell Ornaments would date from the 19th century, they were not just ornaments to wear but also an important type of traditional wealth and currency that was used to pay for bridal dowries, land disputes, or given as a sign of respect during funerals of important clan leaders both men & women.

These are the most beautiful examples I had field-collected and I have kept them in my private collection for 38 years.  These ornaments would have taken a huge amount of time to make using traditional tools, cutting shell rings with sand and bamboo friction method.

Most shell & teeth ornaments made in New Guinea were not only objects of great beauty but all a store of traditional wealth that families & clans kept & used and traded and received for generations.

I spent several years in the early 1980s traveling to remote areas in both West Papua & Papua New Guinea collecting & documenting traditional art & ceremonies, much of what I collected is now in important museums & private collections around the world.

These beautiful shell ornaments and others I am starting to list on my website were from my private collection that I have kept for 40 years and I am now ready to sell due to age & health.   Keep looking at my website a I will be adding beautiful art to all the galleries & sub-galleries regularly.

Provenance The Todd Barlin Collection of Oceanic & New Guinea Arts & Arts of West Papua Indonesia