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'Fofana' Shell Chest Ornament, Papua New Guinea

Price: $795.00

On Stand: 14" high by 12" wide by 3.5" deep
Off Stand: 12" high by 12" wide by 3.5" deep
Title: Pectoral ornament
Material: Woven fiber, nassa shell & Ovula shell
People: Kamono people
Country: Papua New Guinea
Known as 'Fofona', they were woven by women & given to young men after their initiation. They were worn on the chest and also held in between teeth during battle. Lastly, they served as bride price in marriage transactions. The shells had great value, once traded all over the world as currency.

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