Collection Online
conus shell, candle nut, fibre string
61.5 × 20.0 × 2.3 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
The necklace is a fine example of strings of graded very old bases of conus shells intricately tied with bush string. It could be worn for dancing - when the centre of the length of jewellery would be worn tight at the front of the neck then tied at the back with the candle nut dance rattle hanging mid-back.