This is a Vintage Woven Fiber, Nassa Shell and Dog's Teeth Pectoral from the Boiken Tribal People of Papua New Guinea. This would be considered a brides price with dogs teeth sewn on plant fiber backing with natural pigment dyed woven pieces adorned with nassa shells. This piece was worn by a man as a headband indicating wealth and status. Nassa shells were often used as currency, and their value depended on how bright and shiny they looked. The Nassa shell and dogs teeth were prized for its brightness, as well as certain magical qualities.
Because of the shell's value, only people of importance and wealth could afford to wear them. This is a beautiful Pectoral would be a wonderful addition to your home or collection. Shows Natural Age and Wear. 24 Inches Tall on Stand. 1 3/4 Inches Wide Bottom.
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