Collection Online
snake teeth, shell, candle nut
73.5 × 17.0 × 4.3 cm
Place/s of Execution
Tufi District, Oro Province, Papua New Guinea
Accession Number
Pacific Art
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Gift of Louise and Sam Dawson, 2008
Gallery location
Not on display
A 'snake teeth' necklace. The owners of these highly prized necklaces advise that these are not made from fine old polished pig's tusks but they are the teeth of giant snakes that live, pointing in the direction of the mountains, high in the mountains. When asked if they had ever climbed the mountains and seen the giant snakes the owners said 'no', the snakes were hunted and the teeth collected by their bubus (forefathers).' The dance rattles are of candle nuts and the necklace of polished button discs.