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Predicate Object 1878 1878-01-01T00:00:00.000Z 1878-12-31T00:00:00.000Z Collection of Auckland Museum Tāmaki Paenga Hira, 11515 Papua New Guinean 2003-03-19T00:00:00.000Z 1 2021-08-20T05:38:17.490Z 35 To make this ornament, numerous Nassa shells have been perforated and sewn to a cane foundation. Nassa shells to be used as tambu shell currency were prepared differently, so that the middi did not have monetary value. Instead, because of their magical powers, middi were formerly worn by Tolai warriors seeking protection in battle. This one was collected by the Rev. George Brown, one of the first missionaries in the Gazelle Peninsula. (Pacific Jewellery and Adornment by Roger Neich and Pandora Fulimalo Pereira, 2004) neck ornament made of strips of bamboo wrapped with fibre, to the front surface of which rows of Nassa shells are fixed; these are highly prized; ornament, neck
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