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Two Ancient Shell Chief’s Ornaments from the Western Solomon Islands


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Collection No. TB-2278
Size Left Ornament 14x10cm Right 16x14cm
Two Ancient Shell Chief’s Ornaments from the Western Solomon Islands
Two Ancient Shell Chief’s Ornaments from the Western Solomon Islands
Two Ancient Shell Chief’s Ornaments from the Western Solomon Islands
Two Ancient Shell Chief’s Ornaments from the Western Solomon Islands
Two Ancient Shell Chief’s Ornaments from the Western Solomon Islands
Two Ancient Shell Chief’s Ornaments from the Western Solomon Islands
Two Ancient Shell Chief’s Ornaments from the Western Solomon Islands

These two Ancient Chief’s Shell Ornaments are from the Western Solomon Islands. They might be hundreds of years old. Both Ornaments have a double Hornbill Bird heads at the top of the ornament. The one on the right has five smaller holes surrounding a central hole and art of the lower right corner is missing. These very important objects were often broken when the Chief died and it was then placed on their memorial.  These are two of the oldest examples I have ever seen.

Reference:

Barava: land title deeds in fossil shell from the western Solomon Islands by Rhys Richards and Kenneth Roga Te Papa Museum of New Zealand (2004)

Provenance:  The Elizabeth Pryce Collection of Oceanic Art.

The Todd Barlin Collection of Solomon Islands Art

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