Headdress from Papua New Guinea Made from Cowrie Shells and Red Seeds, Mounted

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Headdress from Papua New Guinea made from cowrie shells and red seeds applied to traditional macramé fiber. Traditionally this type of ceremonial headdress also served as a form of currency and was often included in wedding dowries. The monetary value relates to the number of specific shells used, typically cowrie and clams. The headdress is a dramatic decorative piece when presented on the black base but it is also functional and the perfect accessory to make a dramatic entrance at an event! The actual height of the headdress is 26" without the base.

 

Details

    Materials and Techniques
    Beads
    Natural Fiber
    Shell
  • Condition
    Good
  • Dimensions
    30 in. H x 9 in. W x 9 in. D
    76 cm H x 23 cm W x 23 cm D
  • Seller Location
    New York, NY
  • Number of Items
    1
  • Reference Number
    LU153124327713
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