Old Shell Ornaments Yangoru Area East Sepik Province Papua New Guinea
|Collection No.||Left: TB-2900 Right: TB-2899|
|Size||Left (14cm) Right (16cm)|
This pair beautiful old shell ornaments are from the Yangoru Boiken people in the East Sepik Province of Papua New Guinea. This type of ornament is often called a Kap Kap this is a pidgin English word or term for an ornament that is made from two materials; a white shell base and a cut out turtle shell design or Coconut Shell as an overlay. In this case the cut out made from Coconut Shell in the form of a traditional clan design.
Worn in the hair or as a pendant during ceremonies but it is also a type of important traditional Wealth Object that are used in bridal dowries paid by a young man’s family or as compensation over disputes. Old shell ornaments are family heirlooms and are also part of a families traditional wealth and community prestige.
Provenance: Collected by Peter Hallinan (1938-2015). Peter was a very well liked and respected expert on New Guinea art and made 40- 50 trips over the late 1960’s and 1970’s.
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