- Museum number
Man's breast ornament formed of seven overlapping rows of dogs teeth on a foundation of plaited cord, oval pendant of the same edged with shell. Plaited neck cord fastened to a wooden stick.
- Production date
- 19thC (before 1892)
- Curator's comments
Comment on registration slip: 'No. 14 Breast ornament, for men. Frederick William's harbour'
KARI KARI. 1) Most valuable - KARI KARI 2) Rope for pig - RARI RARI 3) Head bands 4) Ornamentation of something else with dog's teeth.
Porer and Pinabin do have these, they could be from their ancestors or people on the beach. It is worn on the back. A black palm stick is used as a base from which the body of ornament hangs down. Any man can make them and both men and women wear them, but need the dog's teeth. You can buy a woman this type of necklace. There is a scale of ornaments - MORE. More then 30 teeth in this necklace (4 teeth from Oru dog).
Yaaki rope for holding it together - this is made from Pueraria pulcherrima (Koord) Koord.- Schumacher (Fabaceae) [Alternative identification Canaralia cathartica/ papuana (Fabaceae/Leguminosae)], known as yaaki in Nekgini language.
Porer Nombo and Pinabin Sisau, Reite Village, Madang, Papua New Guinea, Melanesia Project 6 August 2009. Tape 66
- Not on display
- Acquisition date
- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
CDMS number: Oc1892C2.5860 (old CDMS no.)