Mendi - Southern Highlands - Melanesia

Dimensions:Height 29" x Width 23".....Provenance: Formerly from an Australian Collection
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This superb bailer shell also called "Gam" is from mendi in the Southern Highlands, worn as a pectoral adornment by men and women during sing sings. Considered scarcer than kina shells, one bailer shells was worth one pig or one kina shell, In 1934 it was worth 2 pigs. It was also used as bride price. The larger the shell, the more prestigeous . It is in it's simplistic form, a work of art with dotwork design on the top of sell in a band of zig zags. Sold with a custom mounted stand.
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Western Australia 6000
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