Papua New Guinea Necklace

Curved shell pendant with a geometric patterned collar of seeds and coloured trade beads


This necklace was originally collected by Rev. Williams, who was based in a Catholic Missionary station in Papua New Guinea in the 1930s. Rev. Williams brought his collection back to Christchurch before the Second World War.

The necklaces from the 1930s were made from many different materials, including clam shells, turtle shells, and dog, fish and porcupine teeth. Shells were commonly used for trade as a form of currency, and hung temporarily on the body in a display of wealth.

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