Bailer Shell on Stand

Bailer Shell on Stand

1,500.00

Sculptural Bailer Shell on Custom Stand.

Mid-20th Century, Papa New Guinea.

Measurements: 13.75” Height, 8” Width.

For centuries, marine shells, either whole or cut, were worn on the human body as a pectoral ornaments in Papa New Guinea, and shell valuables held monetary value, prior to the introduction of paper money by the Australian colonial power. Due to their scarcity, bailer shells were considered important wealth items, and were often repaired with stitches and gum when broken. They were given sacred meaning and often borrowed and lent for ceremonial occasions. Large bailer shells, like this one, began being worn as pectoral ornaments in the 1930's.

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