Unique Nassa Cowrie Shells Currency Trade Necklace Bark Twine Papua New Guinea
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Unique Nassa Cowrie Shells Currency Trade Necklace Bark Twine Papua New Guinea:
Unique Festival Pectoral Necklace Ornament from Papua New Guinea Highlands with a network of nassa, cowrie shells and hand twisted bark twine, used as a currency item during feuds, coming of age, bride price etc...
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Collected on the premises in the Highlands of Papua New Guinea.
Necklaces, headbands and armbands are knotted from handmade vegetal string and may include seeds, coix, nassa shells or others, Unique trade beads, feathers and fur, grasses and ferns, croton leaves, yellow orchid vine, everlasting daisies, links of bamboo and fiber chains etc...
Such decorative items were only worn by the “Big Men”, the initiated men and the Shamans of Papua New Guinea during special ceremonies & rites, either as a pectoral ornament or as a groin covering. (A similar collector piece was featured at the exhibition "The Art of Papouans" at the Museum” La Charité” in Marseilles – France)
Artistic expression in the Highlands is conveyed largely through body art. Diverse in both media and application, the major components of Highlands body ornamentation include bird of paradise plumes, body paint, and an enormous variety of decorative objects made from shell, teeth, beetles, orchid stem, fur, bone, bark, wood, and fiber. (Moriarty recognized the importance of this art and its central position in the broader context of Highlands art. A visionary in any age, he not only developed a unique collection of body decoration from the Highlands of New Guinea, but saw to it that this collection remained intact by donating it to the AGNSW. Today it is part of what is possibly the world's most important accumulation of this art.)
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