FRAMED PAPUAN NECKLACE – COWRIE / BONNET / SUNDIAL

$535.00

 

SOURCE: PAPUA

AGE: APPROXIMATELY 2 years

DIMENSIONS: 18.5″ HIGH AND 16″ WIDE

PALETTE: AN OAK BROWN FIBRE BASE, WITH pearl and dove SHELLS, AND hints of wheat  IN THE COWRIES.

SHELLS: VINTAGE MONEY COWRIE INNER RING; GREY BONNET OUTER RING; SUNDIAL CLASP

NECKLACE DETAILS: THESE SHELL NECKLACES ARE INSPIRED BY THE traditional ‘bilas’ ceremonial attire OF THE INHABITANTS OF PAPUA, WHICH COMPRISE NECKLACES, NOSE PIECES, HEADBANDS, CHEST ORNAMENTATION, ARMBANDS, HEADDRESSES, AND BRACELETS.  A BEWILDERING RANGE OF FLORA AND FAUNA GO INTO THESE ACCESSORIES: shells, feathers, teeth, ferns, coral, bones, trade beads, bamboo, tusks, flowers, seeds and vines.

IN PAPUA ‘MONEY COWRIE’ SHELLS WERE TRADITIONALLY THE EQUIVALENT OF OUR DOLLARS OR POUNDS STERLING, AND THEY ARE still used as currency today IN PARTS OF PAPUA NEW GUINEA.  IN THE HIGHLAND COMMUNITIES OF PAPUA, IN ORDER TO WIN A WIFE MEN STILL HAVE TO RAISE A BRIDE PRICE, WHICH ALWAYS INCLUDES A NUMBER OF THE PRIZED MONEY COWRIE SHELLS AS WELL AS pigs, kina shells rubbed with red ochre and rupiah currency.

THIS NECKLACE WAS MADE IN THE LAST TWO YEARS, FROM 100% natural seashells AND A NATURAL WOVEN FIBRE.  IT’S A COMPLICATED PROCESS, PARTICULARLY THE SHAPING OF THE SHELLS WHICH IS DONE WITH ABRASIVES SUCH AS shark skin and sand, AS WELL AS A SIMPLE BAMBOO KNIFE.

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FRAME DETAILS: A PINE WOOD FRAME, FINISHED IN WHITE GLOSS AND PAIRED WITH A fine weave white linen backing.  GALLERY GRADE ACRYLIC IS USED TO FRONT OUR ARTWORK, RATHER THAN GLASS, FOR BOTH SAFETY AND PRACTICAL REASONS.  ALL MATERIALS ARE acid-free.

WRINKLES: THE OCCASIONAL WRINKLE OR SUNSPOT THAT SOME OF OUR PIECES HAVE ACQUIRED OVER THE YEARS, AS WELL AS THEIR HANDMADE  QUIRKS, ARE PART OF THEIR one of a kind artisanal charm.  WE THINK THIS NECKLACE IS PRETTY MUCH PERFECT HOWEVER.

DESIGN TIPS: FEATURE A PAIR OR TRIO OF THESE UNIQUE PIECES OF ART FOR A striking statement, perhaps over a mantlepiece, OR COMBINE WITH A SERIES OF prints, photos and textiles IN A SIMILAR PALETTE OF GREYS/NEUTRALS FOR ONE FABULOUS GALLERY WALL.

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