Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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  • unknown Ipili-Payala maker
  • necklace, late 1800s–1967
  • Where object was made: Lagaip, Papua New Guinea
  • cowrie shells, plant fiber, pigment, braiding
  • Object Length/Width: 23.5 x 16 cm
    Object Length/Width: 9 1/4 x 6 1/4 in
  • Museum purchase: KUEA Funds
  • Not on display
  • 2007.3972

The necklace was made from plant fiber with cowrie shells stitched along the length. It has a braided tie and a loop for closure. It has sporadically placed red pigment.

Children and adults wear these necklaces during ceremonies of pig exchange. They are also included in bride price.