This is a wonderful Woven Talipun Shell Mask from the Boiken People from the Yangoru Village of the Prince Alexander Mountains in Papua New Guinea. The shell is the giant green snail or marbled turban shell (Turbo marmoratus). This is traded from the islands to the mainland where in itself is currency. It is then attached to a woven mask.
Talipun in pidgin means bride-prices and the Boiken people from the Yangoru village of Prince Alexander Mountains are best known for those trade valuables consisting of small, woven-cane masks or figures attached to carefully cut spiral section of the shell. This traditional mask is one of the most important forms of currency. This is a fabulous and unique Talipun Shell woven mask and would be a wonderful addition to your home and collection.Late 20th-Century COMES ON STAND This Talipun shows age, but in good condition. One of a Kind and very Collectible 12 Inches Tall 14 Inches Tall on Stand 9 Inch Wide Yam Mask 8.5 Inch Wide shell 4.5 Inch Deep Shell AT BACARA WE STAND BEHIND ALL OF OUR MERCHANDISE. YOUR SATISFACTION IS OUR MAIN GOAL, AND WE THANK YOU FOR SHOPPING AT BACARA. The item "Mask Papua New Guinea Money Shell Yangoru Talipun Yam Mask" is in sale since Tuesday, May 12, 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.