A New Georgia, Solomon Islands, Melanesia, Clam Shell Neck Pendant

A New Georgia, Solomon Islands, Melanesia, Clam Shell Neck Pendant

1900 to 2000 Solomon Islands

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A New Georgia, Solomon Islands, Melanesia, Clam Shell Neck Pendant
Early 20th Century
Small clam shell neck pendants were sometimes placed in front of little shrine huts holding the skulls of the ancestors. These pendants when worn would then convey ancestral power to its owner.

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A Solomon Islands, Melanesia, Turtle Shell, Sinnet Fibre and Shell Money Disc Ornament
Early 20th Century
A variety of ornaments, especially those made of light weight turtle shell were worn by men and women of the Solomon Islands through the perforated septum of the nose.

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An Admiralty Islands, Bismarck Archipelago Shell and Glass Trade Bead Man’s Earring
Early 20th Century
The men of the Admiralty Islands when ceremonially ‘dressed’ were to European eyes naked apart from their adornments made of shell, teeth, feathers, plaited fibre and glass seed beads.

Size: 4cm long – 1½ ins long (max)
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