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Tribal Shell Horn Belt from Papua Irian Jaya Guinea Ceremonial Ethnic Oceania Indonesia

This unique handmade shell tribal belt from Irian Jaya is made with woven string and covered with cowrie shells, horn disks and Job's Tears seeds. Mostly likely this piece was designed for use in village tribal ceremonies. Makes a great wall hanging!


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, Horn, Job's Tears Seeds & Fiber Cord
  • Country of Origin: Irian Jaya, Indonesia
  • Dimensions: 48" x 4"
  • Model Number: WL-Papua-J

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