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Predicate Object 1962.122 Collection of Auckland Museum Tāmaki Paenga Hira, 1962.122, 36844 2001-10-09T00:00:00.000Z 1 2021-08-20T06:12:52.922Z 30 In the high mountain valleys of New Guinea, certain shells traded in from the coast, especially the cowry and Nassa shells as on this necklace, attained a monetary value in addition to their ornamental role. The owner of this necklace has also found it a convenient place to carry his bamboo jew’s harp. Young Dani men especially favour these Nassa shell necklaces, perhaps as a reminder of the closely woven Nassa shell wopok chest covers formerly worn in warfare. (Pacific Jewellery and Adornment by Roger Neich and Pandora Fulimalo Pereira, 2004) Cowrie shell ornament of the Dani people decorated with shell and Jew's harp ornament, neck
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