Kapkaps were worn as head or neck ornaments, the former usage prevailed in the Solomon Islands south of Bougainville.

A Kapkap consists of a flat circular disc tridacna clam shell to which is attached a circular piece of turtle shell which has been carved into a complicated series of motifs arranged concentrically and rendered in openwork.

The motifs are largely geometric but may include anthropomorphic figures, heads or frigate birds.

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