MOUNTED PAPUAN NECKLACE – COWRIE / BLACK NASSA / SUNDIAL / SEEDS

$435.00

 

SOURCE: PAPUA

AGE: APPROXIMATELY 2 years

DIMENSIONS: 26″ HIGH x 12″ WIDE

PALETTE: AN OAK BROWN FIBRE BASE, WITH pearl and wheat SHELLS, SUPPORTING A DRAMATIC CASCADE OF SEEDS IN SHADES OF dove, crimson, chestnut, ecru and umber.

SHELLS: VINTAGE BLACK NASSA RING ACCENTED WITH VINTAGE MONEY COWRIE SHELLS; NATURALLY DYED SEEDS; 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, SEEDS 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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MOUNT DETAILS: A GORGEOUS rustic reclaimed wood cube  HOLDS A BLACK PAINTED IRON POST; A HAND-CARVED WOODEN BASE AND TWINE SUPPORT THE NECKLACE.

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 OF THESE UNIQUE OBJETS FOR A striking statement in your entryway OR USE A SINGLE PIECE TO add some zing to a bookshelf.

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