New Ireland, Melanesia, 19th century
Shell, tortoise shell, fiber
Diameter : 7,4 cm
Provenance : Collection H. M. Lissauer, Australia
René & Odette Delenne, Brussels
Publication : "KunstKammer"
(M. Doustar, 2017), n°53b
The shell ornaments with attached turtle-shell disks pierced with rows of geometrical motifs are called kap kap in Melanesia.
They were found in the Solomon Islands archipelago, New Ireland and the Admiralty islands.
Highly prized status symbols of authority, they were worn by men, chiefs and warriors, around the neck or the forehead.
Price : 4.700 euros