Friday, February 12, 2010


This adornment comes from the Purari River delta and is very rare because it is one of the very few that have been collected intact. Made with bush fibre rope, spondylus shells, seed rattles, crepe paper and of course a full circle pig tusk. It presents wonderfully and although similar to a massim pig tusk necklace can be identified immediately as Papuan Gulf by the intricate knot work that attaches the spondylus necklace to the tusk. It would date to the 1920’s.Aquired from and old local collection, collected by Colonel John Durnford-Slater
British Army, India, Ca1935 for more information

sold thanks Wellington

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