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Necklace made of white cowrie shells each pierced twice at their wider ends and strung on fibre cord. Pink shell-disc drilled beads are threaded onto the fibre cord decorating the wider parts of the shell pieces. Some pieces of shell are bound with fibre at the lower end.
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Height: 22.20 centimetres
Width: 21 centimetres
Depth: 2 centimetres
- Curator's comments
British Museum label on object reads "New Guinea, South Cape Dist."
Description from Extracts from the British and Medieval Register 1757-1878, p.110:
'43. Do. [necklace] with 10 shells attached. 2 feet 9 inches. From Darnley Islands, etc.'
Possibly cowrie shells that have been carved.
- Not on display
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- Acquisition notes
- From the HMS Rattlesnake expedition of 1846-1850, probably collected in 1849.
- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
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