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Etched with abstract zigzag designs
Once filled with red ochre
Late 19th Century
Sizes: a: 15cm high, 10.5cm wide – 6 ins high, 4 ins wide
b: 16cm high, 11cm wide – 6¼ ins high, 4¼ ins wide
These pearl shell ornaments were, however, regarded as garments by the men who wore them suspended from a human hair cord around their waists as pubic covers. The apparently purely geometrical designs have totemic significance with some specimens showing emu tracks or human figures. They could only be worn by the initiated and although originating in the Kimberley region they were traded across vast distances.