Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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necklace with large shell pendant
  • unknown Ipili-Payala maker
  • necklace with large shell pendant, late 1800s–1967
  • Where object was made: Lagaip, Papua New Guinea
  • shell, plant fiber
  • Object Height/Width: 14 x 15.5 cm ties not included
    Object Height/Width: 5 1/2 x 6 1/8 in ties not included
  • Museum purchase: KUEA Funds
  • Not on display
  • 2007.3967

The large crescent shaped shell has a hole at either end for a twisted plant fiber cord to tie around the neck. The ties are short and knotted. The shell is light yellow and polished.

Men and women wear these pendants. They are often included in bride price.