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A FINE OLD BAILER SHELL PECTORAL ORNAMENT

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A FINE OLD BAILER SHELL PECTORAL ORNAMENT

This would have been worn by a person of very high status

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A FINE OLD BAILER SHELL PECTORAL ORNAMENT

Central Highlands Region of New Guinea

Width 24 cm height 28 cm ( 9.5 x 11.25 in )

This bailer shell was a valuable and important heirloom and would have been worn by a warrior or important tribesman on ceremonial occasions such as a war-dance. These huge shells were traded inland from village to village from the New Guinea coast, a process that could take many years.

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