New Guinea Shell Necklace
This Papua New Guinea Shell Necklace, is made by the Tolai people on the island of New Britain. This piece is referred to as a Tabu and was used as currency on New Britain. The necklace is comprised of hundreds of small nassa shells, aligned in twenty overlapping bands on a beige fiber collar. At the center of the top of this necklace is a 3.5 inch band, covered in lines of braided rope. This decorative necklace, which is too small of an opening to be worn, was made for the tourist trade. This piece is mounted on a metal base.
Circa: 20th Century
Origin: Papua New Guinea
Material: Cowrie Shells and Yarn
Dimensions: 24 x 17
Inventory number: WR3865
This Papua New Guinea Shell Necklace, is made by the Tolai people on the island of New Britain and was used as form of currency.