South East Papua New Guinea Gulf Province Conus Shell Men's Armbands
South East Papua New Guinea Gulf Province Conus Shell Men's Armbands

South East Papua New Guinea Gulf Province Conus Shell Men's Armbands

1800 to 2000 Papua New Guinea

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Four South East Papua New Guinea Gulf Province Conus Shell Men's Armbands
One with attached black banana seeds and clam and red Spondylus shell discs, an old paper label inscribed in pencil 'South Sea Bracelet'
Early 20th Century

Sizes: 11cm dia., 4¼ ins dia. – 5cm high, 2 ins high (max)
Provenance: Lent by M Talbot Wilson to the Bristol Baptist Missionary Exhibition
Warrior’s armbands are one of the most highly prized possessions of Papuan Gulf men. The broader and wider the better and if the shell can be worn on the upper arm it is the most valuable. On certain occasions young women wear a string of these armbands on their chests as a display of wealth.
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