FRAMED PAPUAN NECKLACE – CORAL / COWRIE / NASSA / FEATHERS

$595.00

 

SOURCE: PAPUA

AGE: APPROXIMATELY 15 years

DIMENSIONS: 25″ HIGH AND 17″ WIDE

PALETTE: AN OAK BROWN FIBRE BASE, WITH wheat, sand and pearl SHELLS, AND jet black feathers.

SHELLS: LARGE WHITE CORAL DISK; SMALL VINTAGE COWRIE LINK; BLACK NASSA BODY; large vintage money cowrie accents {THE CORAL SECTION IS CARVED FROM WASHED UP DETRITUS – NO LIVING REEF WAS HARMED IN MAKING THIS PRODUCT!}

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 15 YEARS, FROM 100% natural seashells and feathers 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.  THE LARGE WHITE CORAL DISK IS PARTICULARLY IMPRESSIVE, AND COULD WELL BE AN antique money shell ring.

FOR more information ON / GRATUITOUS PHOTOS OF PAPUAN GOODIES, CLICK THROUGH {HERE} TO demand authenticity.

FRAME DETAILS: A PINE WOOD FRAME, FINISHED IN BLACK GLOSS AND PAIRED WITH A fine weave black 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.  THIS NECKLACE HAS A COUPLE OF VERY MINOR IMPERFECTIONS ON THE NATURAL WOVEN FIBRE BAND, BUT we think that makes it even more stunning – PLEASE ZOOM IN TO THE PHOTOS FOR MORE INFORMATION.

DESIGN TIPS: USE AS A striking standalone piece OR COMBINE WITH A SERIES OF DRAMATIC BLACK AND WHITE PHOTOS AND TEXTILES FOR A UNIQUE GALLERY WALL.

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