Collection Online
clam shell, fibre string, tapa string
39.0 × 18.0 × 2.2 cm
Place/s of Execution
Safia/Bibira, 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 very fine example of necklace of a pair of faux pig's ground from a giant clam shell. The faux pig's tusks are bound together over painted beaten barkcloth. The faux pig's tusks have been combined with a necklace of very old wealth 'money' created from the bases of shells. This necklace from the mountains of Oro Province has been created from highly prized clam shells and finely ground shell money. This necklace or the elements of their necklace would have been traded from the coast or won during one of the 'doriri' people's raids on coastal villages. (The fierce 'doriri' warriors, as they were called in colonial times, come from the Safia/Bibira area.) Up until the early nineteen hundreds when a counter attack led by colonial powers supposedly subdued the 'doriri', it is reported that the 'doriri' from the Safira/Bibira area regularly raided coastal villages and carried off booty (and women) to their mountains.