This is a fabulous old Bailer Shell Necklace worn and used by the people of the Milne Bay, Western Highlands, Papua New Guinea. The large Bailer Shell (so called since it was literally used to bail water out of canoes) shows discoloration from sweat and oils from ceremonial use, as well as traces of red pigment showing it was worm during the Moka or Gift Giving ceremony. These shell necklaces were worn by the Big Men, the initiated men and the Shamans of Papua New Guinea, and only during special ceremonies and rites. These were worn by men and women and hung around the neck by a fiber rope.
This large shell would be suspended around the neck as a pectoral or large pendant. This is a wonderful old Bailer Shell necklace that would be a wonderful addition to your collection or home. COMES ON STAND 10 1/2" tall 8" wide Collected in the field, shows age, use and wear, but overall in good condition. AT BACARA WE STAND BEHIND ALL OF OUR MERCHANDISE. YOUR SATISFACTION IS OUR MAIN GOAL, AND WE THANK YOU FOR SHOPPING AT THE WORLD OF BACARA.
The item "Papua New Guinea Necklace Bailer Shell Pendant Necklace Milne Bay" is in sale since Thursday, April 2, 2020. This item is in the category "Antiques\Ethnographic\Pacific Islands & Oceania". The seller is "bacara-online" and is located in Overland Park, Kansas. This item can be shipped worldwide.