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Small Tribal Seed and Shell Bilum Bag from Papua Irian Jaya Guinea Ceremonial Ethnic Oceania Indonesia

This gorgeous handmade shell bag is called a “bilum”. Bilums come in different sizes and have many uses – from carrying personal belongings, to catching fish and use as medicinal bags. This unique bag is made with woven fiber and covered on both sides with cowrie shells and Job's Tears seeds with Job's Tears tassles on the sides. Mostly likely this piece was designed for a shaman's use in village tribal ceremonies.


The tribes of Irian Jaya can be found on the western half of the island of New Guinea (Indonesian Guinea). Shell currency is no longer used in Irian Jaya but the heritage is still present in local customs and rituals. Shells are viewed as a sign of wealth and proclaim the chiefs’ economic power. Shell currency jewelry is still used for a bride price in wedding ceremonies. This historic handmade Oceanic artifact is a representational of modern tribal artistry.


DETAILS

  • Construction Materials: Cowrie Shells, Job's Tears Seeds & Fiber Cord
  • Country of Origin: Irian Jaya, Indonesia
  • Dimensions: 5.5" x 4" - 9" Handle Drop
  • Model Number: WL-Papua-P

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